A shocking video showing a Tennessee woman abusing her newborn son has gone viral after it was posted to Facebook.
The disturbing footage shows a woman pray and curse as she repeatedly slams her 19-day-old son into the floor and encourages her other child to do the same.
The boy’s father filmed the 13-minute video before calling the police, he told Fox 13.
Memphis police took the mother into custody and placed 19-day-old Christian in his grandmother’s care.
The father told Fox 13 that he was afraid to intervene because the woman was having a “schizophrenic moment.”
“I wanted to put my hands on her, but I couldn’t,” the man told the station. “That was going to leave me in jail and the baby still was going to go with them. It can’t be two dumb parents.”
Memphis Police Colonel Marcus Worthy told WMC that the father “took the proper steps, maybe not as quick as he should have.”
The child’s grandmother told the station that the mother suffers from mental illness but stopped taking her medication during her pregnancy “because she didn’t want to take anything to harm the baby.”
Christian is said to be doing well.
The police, Attorney General, and child services are all investigating the incident.
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