A North Carolina teen was arrested Sunday after a video surfaced on social media allegedly showing her abusing her young child.
WRAL reported that the video appears to show a toddler, wearing only a diaper, sitting in the front passenger seat of a car as someone strikes the child in the stomach and head. Someone off-screen, presumably the same person striking the crying toddler, is heard shouting “I hate you” and various profanities.
Cumberland police said on Facebook that the toddler’s mother, Samaria Harris-Saunders, 19, was arrested after several concerned citizens saw the video and alerted law enforcement. While officials didn’t say which social media platform Harris-Saunders allegedly posted the video to, the footage appears to have originated on Instagram.
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Harris-Saunders was released from Cumberland County jail after posting a $1,000 unsecured bond. It’s not immediately known what charges she’s facing.
Harris-Saunders is due back in court on August 8.
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*Editor’s Note*: CrimeOnline updated the original story and removed the video.