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.
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.
For the latest true crime and justice news, subscribe to the ‘Crime Stories with Nancy Grace’ podcast. Listen to the latest episode.
[Featured image: Facebook/Instagram video screengrab]
*Editor’s Note*: CrimeOnline updated the original story and removed the video.