Infant safe after abuse caught on camera - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Infant safe after abuse caught on camera

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The video has been watched over 100,000 times on Facebook. A woman was abusing an infant, throwing and kicking her 19-day-old baby.

She can also be seen praying over it. At one point, the mother asks another child to kick the baby, who refused.

Police said they were called to the home Friday night by a family member who reported the abuse. They said at the time, they took the proper steps to protect the child.

The mother was detained and taken to a psychiatric facility while police continue to investigate.

Child Protective Services and the Attorney General's office are also part of the investigation.

WMC Action News 5 asked police if the man filming the abuse will be facing charges.

"He took the proper steps, maybe not as quick as he should have, but he called police,” said Memphis Police Colonel Marcus Worthy. “He did get the child away from her and he did ask others outside if anybody else was in the house. If anyone witnesses child abuse, it will only help the family."

CPS has not released any information about prior cases with the mother but they said both children are safe with family and they are working closely with police on this investigation.

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