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Mom Charged With Helping 12-Year-Old Daughter in Fight

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Amber Lee Gutierrez, 33, was charged today with assault for allegedly helping her 12-year-old daughter beat up another girl in an alley in San Pedro, reports City News Service.

The girls had reportedly been friends, but as so often happens in middle school friendships, a rift occurred that led them to become mortal enemies. The fight was prearranged, and the girl who was attacked by Gutierrez told authorities she believed it was just between her and Gutierrez' daughter. Instead, Gutierrez' daughter showed up with her aunt and her mother.

Once the fight -- which was recorded and later posted online -- began, Gutierrez began getting involved, repeatedly punching the girl. The LA TImes reports that Gutierrez also called her a racial slur, and that she may have been left with a broken arm as a result of the attack.

Gutierrez turned herself in to the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Station yesterday, and her bail was set at $100,000.