A woman wearing what appears to be a fast food uniform was caught on video savagely beating another woman, while the victim’s 2-year-old toddler tried to intervene and defend his mother.
The shocking video, which contains foul language and shows violent images of the attack, was obtained by police after it was posted to Facebook, NJ.com reports. The 27-year-old victim, who has not been identified, was thrown to the ground, repeatedly beaten, kicked and spat on by the attacker, who police have identified as 25-year-old Latia Harris.
According to Penn Live, Salem, N.J. police chief John J. Pelura III said that the video “is physically sickening to watch,” despite the fact that police see this kind of violence on a daily basis. As the assault takes place, the victim’s 2-year-old toddler can be seen trying to defend his mother, kicking the attacker in her leg and telling her to stop. At one point during the beating, after punching the victim in the face multiple times, Harris tells the mother she will kick the toddler in the face as well.
According to Pleura, the victim claimed that Harris “accused her of spreading rumors about her and her manager.” The attack took place on a pathway near a McDonald’s where police believe Harris may have worked. Using foul language during the attack, Harris can be heard saying something about possibly losing her job. The victim is left beaten on the ground as Harris spits on her and walks away. Shockingly, a crowd of bystanders who witnessed the beating did not intervene, although at least one was able to record the assault on what appears to be a cellphone camera. Police say that Harris faces charges of aggravated assault and two counts of making terroristic threats in connection with the beating.
The attack is reminiscent of another assault that happened a year ago, also in New Jersey. In that incident, a home invasion was recorded on a nanny-cam. As The Inquisitr reported at the time, video of the attack showed a man viciously beating a woman inside her home, while her 3-year-old toddler looked on. During that assault, the victim remained silent, fearing that if she cried out, her toddler would as well, inadvertently endangering herself. A suspect was eventually arrested in connection with that attack.
Salem police have not yet apprehended Harris, who they are seeking in connection with the assault. There is no word about the condition of the victim, who was left “disoriented, confused and bleeding from the face,” following the savage beating, according to Pelura, or her 2-year-old toddler.