A mother is accused of tormenting and abusing her ten-month-old baby, videoing the assaults and sending it to the baby’s father, according to police.
Kellie Park, 20, from West Haven, Connecticut, was arrested last week after the child’s father called police to report he had received the videos as well as 55 text messages which said ‘I’ll f***ing break her face in’ and ‘I’ll beat her face in’ and ‘I love abusing this kid’.
According to police reports, in one video Park is heard yelling at the baby to ‘eat stuff off the floor, this is what your dad wants me to do’ and throwing food at the baby while she is still in her high chair. Park can then be seen taking the baby from the chair and putting the infant into a crib, which she then proceeds to shake it until the baby falls out.
In another, police say Park kicks a gate on top of her crying child causing her to fall, and then says: ‘Don’t you get it? Your father doesn’t care so guess what, I’m not gonna care.’
The 20-year-old was arrested on June 20 and charged with third-degree assault, cruelty to persons, risk of injury and threatening.
She has another two-year-old child. West Haven police immediately took custody of the child who was taken to hospital and then into care by the Department of Children and Families in Hartford, Connecticut.
In a statement to msnbc.com, DCF Commissioner Joette Katz said: ‘We are actively investigating this matter, and the child is no longer in the mother’s care. In addition, we are working with the police in pursuit of this case.
Officers had been called to Park’s address earlier in the day because she attempted to kill herself, according to the police report.
The ten-month-old is now being cared for by Park’s mother who told police her daughter is mentally ill. She is also looking after the two-year-old and refused to comment.
‘I’m not talking to anybody. My job is to take care of my grandchildren and that’s it,’ she told KSDK tv.
A woman named Elaine Harvey who identifies herself as Ms. Park’s cousin wrote on Facebook that the mother is mentally ill. She posted, ‘im not condoning what she did shes not normal like u and me’ and then ‘LISTEN SHE GOT ALOT OF MENTAL ISSUES AND I STILL LOVE HER shes my cousin’
Park was an avid user of Facebook, posting photos of herself and her children. In addition to many self portraits, the young mother posted dozens of photos of her daughters with loving remarks.
She has not posted much in recent months.
Park is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail and is due back in court July 11.