Toddler fight mother Latonya Davis, 21, caused quite a stir on YouTube and Facebook after she posted a short video of two children locked in a round of fisticuffs. The kids, who are clearly uninterested in fighting one another, are forced to square off by Davis, who laughs endlessly while the children shed tears. The clip is quite unsettling, even for those of you who think they’ve seen everything YouTube has to offer.
“Got some action! Got some action!” Davis says as she videotapes her two-year-old daughter throwing down against a three-year-old boy. “Y’all better ball up some fists!” Thinking that others would enjoy watching two toddler’s knocking each other around, she uploaded the clip to the aforementioned social media sites.
According to Dreamin’ Demon, Davis has been charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office named her as the defendant in the case on Tuesday. If found guilty, she could face up to seven years in prison.
The Riverfront Times reports that Davis has apparently owned up to the crimes, admitting to police that she taped the two children fighting, then uploaded the content to YouTube and her Facebook account.
“I believe that the defendant poses a danger to a crime victim, the community, or any other person because defendant took obvious pleasure and amusement in causing a three-and-a-half-year-old child and a two-and-a-half-year-old to engage each other in a physical fight,” Tonya Tanksley explained in a probable cause statement. “Each of the children appears to be in great distress and crying hysterically. While this is going on, defendant video taped the fight and can be heard encouraging the children to ball their fists and strike each other. Defendant was so proud of what she had done, that she then posted a video of the fight to her Facebook account.”
If you have the stomach for toddlers fighting toddlers, you can sample the video below. Be forewarned, however, that the clip does contained some language, and may not be safe for work.