CLEARWATER — Christie Sigvartsen Murray, 37, was arrested Thursday on a felony charge of child abuse after police said she urged two teenage girls to fight in a Clearwater Arby's parking lot.
The resulting brawl seriously injured one girl.
According to Clearwater police, video from a bystander's cell phone caught Murray instructing her 15-year-old daughter to "just go hit" a 15-year-old Clearwater High School student outside the fast food restaurant on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard on April 24. The teenagers had previously been friends, officers said, but recently "had a falling out."
The Clearwater High girl was cut across her forehead and required surgery at a local hospital to close the wound. She will also need plastic surgery, police said.
Murray was also arrested last year in Pinellas Park for shoplifting, records show. She remained in the Pinellas County Jail Monday with bail set to $50,000.