Concerned neighbors filmed a disturbing incident involving a mother and daughter in Georgia, and now the community is rallying to defend a child. When a nine-year-old girl was playing with her friends, her mother suddenly appeared, angry with her, and subjected her to shocking abuse.
The mother was filmed dragging her daughter by the hair and hitting her repeatedly.
In the disturbing footage that was there uploaded to Facebook by Gwen-Harris Mackenzie, the mother and daughter’s neighbor, the mother is seen clutching her daughter’s hair tightly as she sits on the grass and screams. “Get up!” the mother is heard shouting at the little girl, as she lifts her up and shouts several inappropriate words at her.
In one clip, the limp body of the woman’s daughter is seen dragged by her hair across the grass as her mother pulls her away. The girl continued to cry in anguish and distress.
According to Gwen-Harris, the The footage was originally captured by his niece. “I don’t know if any neighbors witnessed this part, but some did see her chasing her,” she wrote in her Facebook post. While at work at the time of the incident, Gwen-Harris and several others alerted the police to the mother’s actions.
According to the neighbor, it was not the first time that the abuse of the mother was seen, but it was the first time that it was caught on video.
“I don’t know his name, his kids play outside with mine and have said this isn’t the worst thing he’s ever seen, they finally caught it on camera,” Gwen-Harris wrote. “Prayers for these babies.”
After concerned neighbors shared the images with other members of the community, police were able to identify and arrest the mother.
The woman was identified as 27-year-old Samarria White. According to another neighbor, a group of neighborhood children had been playing in White’s pool when the mother suddenly became angry and sent the kids home, according to WGXA. The neighbor then said she saw White chase her daughter down the road before dragging the girl by her hair.
Deputies with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office were able to identify White after viewing the video. “In the shocking video, which was also posted on social media, the woman is seen punching the boy in the face several times.” the sheriff’s office shared via Facebook.
When they arrived at the mother’s door, she allegedly denied abusing her daughter. However, after officers informed her that the incident was on video, she confessed and was arrested.
She is currently being held on $20,000 bond and charged with first-degree cruelty.
White’s daughter was transported by authorities to a local hospital, where she was treated for “bruising and redness” to her chest. DCFS has been notified of the incident.
It is unknown who is watching White’s daughter and two other children at this time.
People on the internet were horrified and appalled by the mother’s treatment of her daughter.
“I don’t care what that kid did before, no excuse to drag them by the hair,” one person shared.
“Justice for this kid,” commented one Facebook user. “Praying for the kids, praying the mom gets the help she needs. Very sad situation,” another user wrote.
Other users praised the woman’s neighbors for spreading awareness about the abuse and potentially saving her children’s lives.
Their actions are a reminder that if you see something, say something. This story could have had a very different ending if the community had kept quiet.
If you suspect a child you know is being abused, call the NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453), where crisis counselors are available 24 hours a day.
Megan Quinn is a writer for YourTango who covers entertainment and news, me, love and relationships.
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