Watch Video Below WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES
Mother violently beaten by woman. Bystanders do nothing except film with their mobile phones. The victim’s only savior is her toddler who tries to fend the attacker off.
Salem Police Chief John Pelura III said the attacker has been identified as 25-year-old Latia Harris. She remains at large.
According to Pelura, the 27-year-old victim told officers a woman named ‘Tia’ who works at McDonald’s accused her of spreading rumors about her and her manager.
After the victim is thrown to the ground, the attacker proceeds to punch and kicks her at least 20 times. The woman’s toddler tries to intervene on his mother’s behalf by kicking her assailant and yelling at her to stop. ‘Mommy!’ the little boy cries out. At one point, Harris threatens to beat up the 2-year-old.
‘You better get your son before I kick him in the [expletive] face too,’ she screams.
Chief Pelura said in a statement to MailOnline Thursday that criminal complaints have been signed against Harris for aggravated assault and two counts of terroristic threats, but she could face additional charges after her arrest.
Bail for Harris has been set at $35,000. One of the complaints stated that Harris threatened to shoot the 27-year-old mother.
Yet, this video is physically sickening to watch,’ Pelura stated.
‘There is a moral and social breakdown in the fabric of our society which is clearly evident when a woman gets pummeled in broad daylight in front of her child while a dozen people pull out their phones to record the incident instead of calling for help.’
He added: ‘There is so little regard for human life – by the actor and the bystanders.
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