A 42-year-old mother in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan was arrested and now faces charges for allegedly cyberstalking and cyberbullying several teenagers, including her own daughter.
Kendra Licari used a fake name and number to send hate filled messages online and via text. The five charges in the criminal complaint filed against Licari include stalking a minor and obstruction of justice.
The investigation of Licari's online activities originated at Beal City Public Schools after Licari's daughter and her daughter's boyfriend reported the harassing messages they received to school officials. After a year, the person behind the cyber crimes was finally exposed.
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The alleged harassment began in December 2021 while Licari was working as a basketball coach at her daughter's school.
Superintendent of Beal City Public Schools William Chilman told Good Morning America:
"Even when we realized that it wasn't a kid, we weren't expecting that it would be a parent."
"When they informed us later in the spring that they were suspecting that it possibly was her, it was a shock to all of us, I think everybody involved."
After concluding the messages were sent off school property, Beal City Public Schools turned over their findings to law enforcement for further action.
\u201cA Michigan mom is facing charges, including stalking of a minor, for allegedly cyberbullying her own daughter- Are we ready to have this discussion yet? #JealousMothers https://t.co/2atNISmK38\u201d— \ud83d\udda4JuicyGenius\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@\ud83d\udda4JuicyGenius\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1671571682
Licari employed software to mask her location and a variety of phone numbers and area codes to hide her identity. She also allegedly tried to implicate her daughter's friends as the source of the cyberbullying.
Isabella County prosecuting attorney David Barberi told GMA:
"In doing so, it would shield her and kind of cloak her identity or her digital identity."
"But eventually, we were able to see that her IP address was popping in and out right before and right after these messages were going through."
Using the IP address, law enforcement were able to confirm a connection to Licari. When confronted, investigators allege Licari admitted she was behind the cyberbullying and cyberstalking.
"We had tens of thousands of text messages, whether they were messages that were just for her daughter or some of her daughter's friends."
"And the digital footprint was just insane."
People couldn't understand why a parent would harass children—including their own child.
\u201c@ABC I don\u2019t understand this? Why is the question I need answered. This is her child. This girl will definitely need counseling after learning her mother is responsible\u201d— ABC News (@ABC News) 1671514648
\u201c@ABC Like, what exactly was the end game here?! Who just up and bullies their own kid? \ud83d\ude06\u201d— ABC News (@ABC News) 1671514648
\u201c@ABC That's some uncharted territory of hating right there.\u201d— ABC News (@ABC News) 1671531379
\u201c@GMA @TrevorLAult Why? And does the daughter still have to live with her?\u201d— Good Morning America (@Good Morning America) 1671454165
Licari was released on a $5,000 bond.
She nor her attorneys have issued a public statement as of this writing or responded to requests for an interview.