‘Mother filmed herself performing violent smackdown on baby boy’
A mother filmed herself smacking her baby down to the floor during a video chat with the boy’s father, police and the child’s family said.
Hanna Winch, 21, was arrested on Friday in Peru, Indiana after police discovered the video that was posted on social media by the child’s grandparents.
The footage shows a woman -alleged to be Winch – smack the ten-month-old, who is sent sprawling face-first across the floor. The camera then briefly pans up to show the face of a woman believed to be Winch.
Police conducted a welfare check on the child on February 21 after they learned of the video. As they carried out their initial investigation, the video was released on social media, resulting in ‘numerous reports’ to police and the Indiana Department of Child Services (CPS).
Winch was booked at the Miami County Jail on the charges of domestic battery and intimidation, police wrote.
The video has since circulated on social media, but many of the postings have since been taken down. However, the child’s grandparents posted the video in an attempt to hold Winch and CPS accountable.
‘This is cps at it’s best this 10 month old my grandson gets to stay with this piece of work,’ the child’s grandfather wrote alongside the video, which was posted to a Facebook group.
A woman claiming to be the victim’s great aunt wrote: ‘she shoved him so hard he face planted on the carpet when he was already crying! Why? Because she was mad.’
Police said the baby showed no visible signs of injury and the child is now in the custody of Winch’s mother, who reportedly since been bailed her daughter out of jail. The child was reportedly given to his father on Saturday.
‘We all knew her mom would bail her out. Her mom defended her because the baby didn’t have any marks! Watch the video, marks do not matter!’ wrote the woman claiming to be the child’s great aunt.
A Facebook fundraiser has been started to help the boy’s father pay for a lawyer in a bid to get full custody of the child.