A woman seen on camera relentlessly beating a mother in front of her young son turned herself into authorities on Monday.
Latia Harris, 25, was the subject of widespread scrutiny last week when footage of her brutally beating mother Catherine Ferreira spread around the web. Ferreira’s two-year-old son cried as he watched Harris repeatedly punch his mother. He even mustered up the courage to kick Harris at one point. A number of onlookers watched the incident but chose to gawk instead of intervene.
Police searched for Harris over the weekend, but she made their investigation easy on Monday when she turned herself in.
Harris told local media outlets she beat Ferreira over an ongoing dispute between the two women, who are former co-workers at McDonald’s. Harris alleges that Ferreira was spreading rumors at work about her being romantically involved with a supervisor.
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Salem Police Chief John J. Pelura III called the footage “physically sickening” recently but added that police in Salem deal with that type of violence every day. He had strong words for the witnesses who failed to intervene and stop the attack.
"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.”
Harris is charged with one count of aggravated assault and two counts of making terroristic threats. She is currently being held in lieu of $35,000 bond.
In case you missed it, here’s the footage of the attack: