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‘So Little Regard for Human Life’: Woman Gets Beaten in Front of Her Kid, Bystanders Do Nothing to Stop It

A 2-year-old tried desperately to rescue his mom from a brutal attack while bystanders stood by videotaping the whole thing.

A South Jersey woman, identified as LaTia Harris and wearing what appears to be a McDonald’s uniform, is seen on the video posted to Facebook savagely pounding the victim in front of a small child in a Salem park.

The little boy, who is heard shouting “Mommy”on the bystander’s video, fought back against Harris and tried to save his mom by kicking the assailant, but to no avail. Instead, the much bigger Harris threatened to hurt the child too and kick him in the face if he did not stop.

Even seasoned investigators said this particular attack is tough to take, especially since it involved a little kid.

“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 after viewing the video.

Yet despite the fact several bystanders witnessed the gruesome scene, not one stepped in to stop the crime or comfort or protect the child. Instead, most of them picked up their cellphones and videotaped the incident instead.

Eventually, someone did call 911 and report a bloodied woman in the park where the attack took place. The victim, who was found disoriented and with injuries to her face, later told police that the woman, who she identified as Tia, was angry and “accused her of spreading rumors about her and her manager.”

Pelura said he is especially disgusted that no one was willing to help either mother or child.

“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.”


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  • patisok

    Guess he lost his job now. How sickening we have become to film a woman getting beaten and do nothing about it. Sad indeed.

  • Cathryn Sykes

    Somewhere on the internet, there’s a tape of a family in a safari park, a mom and some kids. Their car starts overheating. Flames come out of the engine compartment. They are surrounded by LIONS, so they can’t get out of the car. They are also surrounded by other people in cars, who do absolutely NOTHING to help them! But they are recording it all on their cell phones. If they had driven up to the car, en masse, honking their horns, they might have driven the lions away. They could have then opened a door, got the family inside and driven them to safety. Thank God park personnel got there in time –barely. The worst of it? In the comments, people are saying that it was all the mother’s fault, she should have known that her car was overheating, so no one else should be blamed. My God….we are turning into a nation of people who don’t even register reality unless it’s on our cell phones or computers. Instead of thinking how we can help people in danger, we’re thinking “I bet this will go viral” as we hold up our cell phones and capture atrocities on video.

  • notanicegirl

    They started filming this prior to the beating – they knew something was going to happen – these are hardly innocent by-standers.