A very disturbing video showing a child being physically abused has caused outrage after it surfaced online. In the video, the tattooed hand of a woman can be seen brutally slapping a child multiple times across the face. The child began to cry and the abuser used her hand to cover the baby’s mouth and nose then proceeded to try to suffocate the child.
The abuse was filmed then shared online and social media users are understandably angered, not just by the abuse, but also by the fact that the abuser was proud enough to film it, or at least to let it get filmed.
At the moment, it is not known where the abuse happened but social media users are calling for help in locating the woman using the tattoo on her hand. Sadly, it could be a temporary tattoo and that might make it difficult to find the abuser and rescue the child.
Below are some reactions from social media users to the video.
Viewer’s Discretion: Woman With The Flower Tattoo On Her Hand Seen Slapping And Suffocating A Baby On Video Arrested
A short clip spreading on social media shows a woman slapping a crying baby then suffocating him
The incident is said to have occurred in South Africa’s city of Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal province. The video clip is just a snippet of two videos taken by the 21-year-old mother. The videos were said to have been sent to the child’s father. According to the International Business Times, the child in the video is 2-years-old and now in the custody of his father.
The child’s mother was arrested by the Newcastle family violence, child protection and sexual offenses unit (FCS) around the second week of January. According to Col. Thembeka Mbele, a KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, the unidentified mother recorded the videos on January 8.
The matter was reported to the Newcastle FCS who immediately opened a case and arrested the suspect. The child was taken to a hospital and is reported to be well.
Along with the mother slapping what appears to be a baby in the shorter clip, police say in the longer videos she also pinched the child’s lips shut, pinched his face and buttocks, and kicked him in the head. At one point the terrified child tried to stand and walk away, but was stopped by the deranged mother.
The woman was charged with attempted murder and briefly went before a judge on January 10 according to Mbele. The mother’s identity has not been released in order to protect the child’s identity, according to police.
The video was originally tweeted out byLackadaisical MacIrishZa on January 23. The caption asked Twitter for help finding the child.
Later in the day, the same account tweeted out the baby had been found.