Kendra Licari is a woman from Michigan who is not going to win Mother Of The Year after she was arrested for allegedly catfishing her teenage daughter for a year. Now nothing of this case makes sense and it seems Kendra Licari, who was also a high school basketball coach, would inform authorities that her daughter was being harassed online. Turns out Kendra Licari was using software which would hide where the texts were coming from. Now we are not talking about an occasional message but a dozen texts a day for a year. After a brief investigation Kendra Licari would be arrested and charged with stalking a minor, using a computer to commit a crime, and obstruction of justice
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Police investigating a case of online harassment say the teen victim’s mother is responsible.
According to the police report, the high-schooler told her mom, 42-year-old Kendra Licari, she was receiving messages through text and social media up to 12 times a day for months.
“By and large it was mostly just harassing-type text messages, demeaning, demoralizing, and just mean texts,” said Isabella County prosecutor David Barberi.
Police say Licari reported the cyberbullying to authorities herself. At the time, she was working as a girls’ basketball coach at her daughter’s school.
“When the case first came into our office, it was bizarre and almost hard to believe,” Barberi said.
Investigators say Licari catfished and harassed her daughter, and her daughter’s then-boyfriend, for more than a year, starting in early 2021.
“We’re talking about several hundreds of text messages, over 1,000 pages of discovery in the case,” Barberi said.
The criminal complaint states that she used software to hide her location, and several different numbers and area codes to make it seems like the texts were coming from her daughter’s peers.
“Someone else coined the term, but they called it a version of ‘cyber Munchausen’s syndrome’ in a sense that this seems to be the type of behavior where you’re making somebody feel bad or need you in their life because of this behavior,” said Barberi.
Licari is charged with stalking a minor, using a computer to commit a crime, and obstruction of justice. She was released Monday on a $5,000 bond, and is due back in court on Dec. 29.