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Mom Jennifer Zuniga encouraged son to fight, posted video on YouTube, say cops

Frame from YouTube video/Jennifer Zuniga
YouTube/Ceres P.D.
Frame from YouTube video/Jennifer Zuniga
YouTube/Ceres P.D.

(CBS/KOVR) CERES, Calif. - Detectives in California arrested mother Jennifer Zuniga for allegedly orchestrating a fight between her son and another boy in her front yard and then posting the video online.

The Ceres Police Department said Zuniga, 33, can be heard in the YouTube video encouraging her son while the two boys throw punches and grapple in the front yard of a Ceres home. A number of bystanders, including several juveniles, can also be seen observing the fight, reports CBS station KOVR.

When the boys wrestled each other to a standstill on the ground, bystanders encouraged them to begin fighting again.

A detective contacted a school resource officer to determine the identity of the fight participants, which quickly led police to the scene of the brawl.

Investigators said the video shows the intervention of a Good Samaritan, who apparently put a stop to the fight before anyone was seriously injured.

Zuniga was arrested and charged with child endangerment and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Anyone who witnessed the fight is asked to contact Detective Darren Venn at 209-538-5616 or the Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at 866-60-CRIME.