A video went viral this week, depicting an Asian mother beating up her eight-month-old baby girl. The video would appear to be around one year old, entitled “SICK MOTHER BEATING UP 8 MONTH OLD BABY!” The original video appears to have since been pulled for a violation of YouTube’s terms of service. However, there are copies because people are still re-upping in hopes of bringing the woman to justice (it’s here: be warned VERY DISTURBING with depictions of physical abuse including slapping, pinching, twisting, and punching while someone records and two other children watch).
However, this is an old clip. Authorities in the woman’s native Petaling Jaya, Malaysia have already been informed of the incident. The unnamed mother was arrested and put in jail this time last year. But police in the area were flooded with complaints Wednesday, so they responded Thursday with a Facebook post that quickly accumulated nearly 3,000 shares and over 2,000 comments.
As a rough translation, here’s the Facebook statement from the Royal Malaysia Police to those who demanded the woman be arrested: “With the spread of a child abuse video through social media, the police have received nearly 300 complaints and comments from the public… about the fate of the baby. For your information, the case was reported in IPD Petaling Jaya on May 29, 2011, and arrests were made on the same day. The perpetrator is the biological mother of the abused baby girl. The mother is currently serving a prison sentence of 18-months commencing on the date of arrest under Section 31 (1) Children Act 2001.”