A Florida woman was arrested on Sunday for allegedly abusing her 5-week-old daughter in videos she sent to the newborn’s father.
Bryunna Joyce, 19, reportedly sent videos depicting abuse following an argument with the baby’s father. The videos Joyce sent showed her slapping and suffocating the baby with a blanket for 37 seconds, and throwing her off a bed, according to the Miami Herald.
“Well this getting boring. I’m really treat your child like dog s**t. I’m just (going to) send u videos. No more talking,” Joyce wrote in a message to the father, followed by a line of mostly unintelligible text, according to WPLG.
Additionally, Joyce allegedly sent messages saying, “F**k this baby” and “Like a dog.” WTVJ reported that she also told the father she was feeding their daughter cat food.
According to an arrest report, Joyce sent the baby’s father messages falsely claiming the newborn was dead in her car seat. She then claimed she would make the death look like an accident.
According to the Herald, the father forwarded the videos to the Department of Children and Families, who attempted to find Joyce at her home. A social worker reported Joyce’s newborn and 1-year-old missing to the Hialeah police department, who located the family at an apartment in Liberty City on Sunday.
The Herald reported that the 5-week-old is safe is under observation at a hospital. Joyce’s 1-year-old child is staying with a relative.
Joyce was charged with making written threats to kill or do bodily harm, domestic battery by strangulation, and child abuse without great bodily harm. Jail records suggest she will be placed on house arrest if she makes bond. She is due back in court on June 28.
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[Featured image: Bryunna Joyce/Miami-Dade Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation]