Police in Salem, NJ are searching for the woman who was caught on cell phone video savagely beating another women while her 2-year-old son looked on and pleaded for the beating to stop.
The suspect has been identified as 25-year-old Latia Harris, of Salem, who is now facing charges of aggravated assault and two counts of making terroristic threats.
“Police in this county deal with this type of violence everyday. Yet, this video is physically sickening to watch,” Salem Chief of Police John J. Pelura III said Wednesday.
The attack happened Tuesday evening, and the video was shot by someone who happened upon the incident, according to NJ.com.
In the video, a woman is seen assaulting another woman then wrestling her to the ground as a group of people watch and do nothing. Once the victim is on the ground, the assailant gets on top of her and repeatedly strikes her in the face with punishing blows as the victim’s 2-year-old son cries out for it to stop and kicks the assailant several times.
As she assaults the victim she rants about her job and repeatedly uses expletives. Then after delivering the brutal beating, the suspect kicks the woman in the back and even threatens to kick her son in the face before spitting on the victim and walking off.
According to NJ.com, “Pelura said the victim said a woman named “Tia” who works at McDonald’s assaulted her and “accused her of spreading rumors about her and her manager.” In the video the suspect is dressed in what appears to be a McDonald’s restaurant employee uniform — a burgundy shirt and black pants.
The 27-year-old victim, whose name has been withheld, was covered in blood and “disoriented, confused, and bleeding from the face.” She was taken to The Memorial Hospital of Salem County for treatment.
Pelura said that the fact that bystanders stood by and watched while recording the incident and doing nothing to stop it is sad.
“There is a moral and social breakdown in the fabric of our society which is clearly evident when a woman gets pummeled in broad daylight in front of her child while a dozen people pull out their phones to record the incident instead of calling for help,” Pelura said. “There is so little regard for human life — by the actor and the bystanders.”