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Texas mom accused of holding lighter to baby's hand, sending videos of abuse to dad

Mom accused of holding lighter to baby's hand, sending videos of abuse to dad (CNN Newsource)

A woman reportedly abused her 1-year-old son on camera and sent pictures and video to the father of the child.

In the video, the mother can be heard saying "tell your daddy" as she held a lighter's flames to the baby's hand, hit him and other forms of abuse.

The baby's screams that accompany these videos are enough to make anyone cringe and the images are too graphic to show.

"When I saw the video, I had to ask the police if he was still alive," Ra'neicha Broadnax, the baby's aunt, said. "I thought she had killed him."

Broadnax, who lives in Richmond, Virginia, said the baby's mother sent the videos to the new girlfriend of the baby's father.

Broadnax says she posted the abuse videos on social media because Humble Police weren't responding quickly enough.

"The video i sent to the police, she had a plastic bag, she was stuffing it down his throat," Broadnax said. "He was throwing up, his eyes were rolling to the back of the head."

Within an hour of posting the videos, Broadnax says she got phone calls from local police.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office has now accepted charges against Jamelle Peterkin.

According to court documents, she placed the child in imminent danger by "stuffing a plastic bag in the complainant's mouth and covering the complainant's head with a plastic bag and tying it in a knot."

Broadnax said the baby is now in the care of relatives in Texas and that he is ok.

Peterkin was released from jail on $15,000 bond.

Peterkin is facing child endangerment charges.

The boy's aunt said the mom appeared to be angry because the father found a new girlfriend.


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