A mother filmed herself smacking her baby boy down to the floor during a video chat with the child’s father, police and the child’s family said.
Hanna Winch, 21, was arrested in Peru, Indiana, after police discovered a disturbing video that was posted on social media by the child’s grandparents.
The footage shows a woman, alleged to be Winch, smacking the ten-month-old boy down on the floor, sending him sprawling face-first across the floor. The camera then briefly pans up to show the face of a woman believed to be Winch.
Police conducted a welfare check on the child on February 21 after they learned of the video. As they carried out their initial investigation, the video was released on social media, resulting in “numerous reports” to police and the Indiana Department of Child Services (CPS).
Winch was booked at the Miami County Jail on the charges of domestic battery and intimidation, police
The videos of the child being abused has been taken down after they were shared by multiple social media users. However, the child’s grandparents posted the video in an attempt to hold Winch and CPS accountable.
“This is cps at it’s best this 10 month old my grandson gets to stay with this piece of work,” the child’s grandfather wrote alongside the video, which was posted to a Facebook group.
A woman claiming to be the victim’s great aunt wrote: “She shoved him so hard he face planted on the carpet when he was already crying! Why? Because she was mad.”
Police said the baby showed no visible signs of injury and the child is now in the custody of Winch’s mother, who reportedly since been bailed her daughter out of jail.