A teen mother from San Diego allegedly uploaded a disturbing photo to Facebook of her 6-month-old baby brandishing a knife, which was nearly as big as the child's arm. She also reportedly posted a video that showed her crying baby being repeatedly smacked in the head.
Fellow Facebook users who watched the upsetting footage immediately alerted police, and Jowi Victoria Morales, 18, was arrested last Thursday for outstanding domestic violence charges. It is unclear if the assault is being conducted by Morales or another person, and it is unknown if the charges are related to this incident.
"Very, very, very sad," neighbor Guillermina Contreras told NBC7. "I do know that in that house there was trouble.”
The Child Abuse and Domestic Violence investigators are reportedly looking into this case. According to Fox5 San Diego, the child has not suffered any injuries.
Ashley Butcher was one of the Facebook users who was in shock after viewing the video of Morales’ baby being struck in the head.
"My head was spinning around in circles," Butcher said. "I was mad. I was infuriated. I was asking myself, why would a mother do this to her child, especially a child so small and defenseless?"
Butcher said she and her friends sprung into action and began trying to contact both police and the media.
"It was just a big group of girls trying to figure out what is happening, where is this girl," she told Fox5.
It is unclear if Morales has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf.