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Disturbing video footage of a Memphis, Tenn. mother abusing her 19-day-old child surfaced earlier this weekend on Friday (July 24).

In the video, the mother is seen repeatedly hurling baby Christian to the ground while chanting religious sayings, praying and calling on God. The video also shows her encouraging her daughter, who is seen sitting in her lap, to copy her violent behavior. The loud shrieking cries of the infant are heart rendering as the abuse continues. She is also seen dragging him around by his arm.

The woman seen in the footage has not been named, but the person who captured the 13-minute video is said to be the child’s father. Witnessing the incessant abuse, the father  did not physically intervene for several minutes as he was “scared for his own safety.” Both parents began to shout at one another, in which he finally begged and pleaded her to stop mistreating their son before calling police, according to Fox13.

After reported, the Memphis police arrived to the scene and took the mother in for a psychiatric evaluation. Relatives of the unidentified woman claim that she is mentally ill. The child’s grandmother, Lily Moore, told Fox 13 that she had stopped taking her meds during her pregnancy “because she didn’t want to take anything to harm the baby.” “Knowing my daughter, that was not my normal daughter,” Moore said.

Moore is now caring for Christian. She also shared that he was also taken to the hospital for examination and is okay. Child Protective Services, Memphis Police and the Attorney General’s Office are still investigating this incident.

 

 

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