A Connecticut mother is accused of abusing her 10-month-old baby and videorecording the incidents.
Police in West Haven, Conn., arrested Kellie Park, 20, last week after the baby’s father contacted authorities saying she texted him videos of her tormenting, berating and assaulting the infant, according to a police report.
In one video, Park is heard telling the baby to “eat stuff off the floor, this is what your dad wants me to do,” police said.
In another, the baby is seen screaming and crying in a high chair as Park asks if the infant is hungry, while throwing food at the child. Police say Park can be seen taking the baby from the high chair and putting the infant in a portable crib and shaking the crib, causing the child to fall out. She can be heard saying “shake it up” on the video.
Park was arrested June 20 and charged with third-degree assault, cruelty to persons, risk of injury and threatening.
Police said Park also sent separate text messages to the father.
The texts included “ill (expletive) break her face,” “ill beat her (expletive) face in” and “i love abusing this kid,” police said.
After seeing the videos and texts, West Haven detectives immediately took custody of the child, who was transported to a hospital for evaluation and then taken into care by the Department of Children and Families in Hartford, Conn.
In a statement to msnbc.com, DCF Commissioner Joette Katz said, "We are actively investigating this matter, and the child is no longer in the mother's care. In addition, we are working with the police in pursuit of this case."
DCF spokesman Gary Kleeblatt told msnbc.com that the first step when taking any child into their care is to determine if there is an appropriate relative to care for the child.
“If a parent is unable to care for a child safely, then we would look to see if another relative like the father or grandmother is appropriate,” Kleeblatt said. “If that’s not possible, we’ll look to see if we can identify a licensed foster home.”
Officers had been called to Park's address earlier in the day because she attempted to kill herself, according to the police report.
Park is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail and is due back in court July 11.
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