For many years now, parents have been bouncing back and forth between the benefits and negatives about using corporal punishment. But recent studies indicate that some spanking and other such punishments can be useful. However, the naysayers would recommend against hitting a child as a disciplinary measure because it can devolve into outright child abuse. In this video below, a mother of three is filmed picking up her three-year-old daughter by her hair and then kicking her to the ground.
The abuse came after the mother could not find her tablet device and blamed the child for losing it.
This video comes from Bahia Blanca, Argentina, and there, local authorities report that they have removed the three children from the violent mother’s custody and are currently under the protective care of social services.
The footage captures just one time when the mother of three chose to get violent with her children. We do not know if this was a regular occurrence or something that really did only happen once. Based on the fact that it was caught on video, it is easy to suspect that this type of thing goes on regularly at the Argentina home.
The child receiving the beatdown is the mother’s eldest. But the girl is only three years old.
An unknown witness happened to be present and capture the horrific footage. The incident occurred in the city of Bahia Blanca, which is in the eastern Argentina province of Buenos Aires.
When the film starts, the mother is already smacking the child. She is heard accusing the toddler of “stealing” her tablet computer as if the child was capable of doing that at that age.
The mother’s rage continues to escalate as the video progresses. She shouts at the baby, demanding to know why the child does not remember where she puts things.
Mom said, “Why don’t you remember where you left the things?”
After the baby is unable to answer this question, mom shouts:
“Give me the tablet; you had it here over the table when I arrived here. Give it to me because I will kill you.”
As her mother threatens to kill her, the three-year-old cowers away from the violence abuse. She begins to cry and is visibly frightened. And her mother does not seem to care to rein back the abuse.
The mother also picks the baby up by her hair and kicks her in the back until she falls to the ground.
The video got posted to Facebook where it went viral first in Argentina and then around the globe.
When local authorities found the clip, social services stepped in to get the children away from the monster mother. Meanwhile, police are launching a criminal investigation to get to the bottom of the matter. And at the time of this writing, it is not clear if the mother has been charged with child abuse yet.
Take a moment to watch the horrific footage.
What do you think should happen to this mother of three?