Disturbing footage of a Malaysian mother viciously hitting and kicking her ten-month-old daughter has gone viral online. The clip has sparked angry reactions and many YouTube viewers agree that the mother is "sadistic" and "unfit" for parenthood.
The four-minute clip was filmed by a friend of the mother who, disturbed by the woman's behavior on previous occasions, filmed the incident and showed it as evidence to the police.
The video shows the mother sitting on a bed and a baby lying face down on the bed, weeping aloud. The woman hits the baby on the head repeatedly, and in anger throws her mobile phone at the child. The baby, dazed after being repeatedly hit in the head, falls forward after she attempts lifting her head.
The mother grabs roughly the baby's head and pinches her in the face and throws her back on the mattress. An older child wanders into view and watches quietly while nibbling on food.
The baby tries to crawl to her mother but the mother pushes her aside very roughly, screaming. According to News24, the mother screams in Malaysian, "Diamlah bodoh!" meaning "Shut up, stupid!"
The voice of another woman can be heard, possibly the woman filming the incident, saying, also in Malaysian, "do you want to kill the child?"
A outraged viewer said: "I literally cried after watching this video... Can't even imagine beating up any kid like she did. How can those other people in the room just stand by and watch this happen? That poor little baby just wants to be picked up and all she can do it continually beat it."
The Daily Mail reports that the police chief in Petaling Jaya, Arjunaidi Mohammad, said the mother is an unmarried 18-year-old. He said she was convicted of child abuse and sentenced to 18 months in prison. According to the officer, the incident happened in May last year. AsiaOne.com reports that a post uploaded on the Royal Malaysia Police official Facebook page stated that a police report on the abuse was lodged on May 29 last year. The statement said: "The woman in the video is the toddler's birth mother and was arrested on the day the police report was lodged."
The police said that the mother's reaction was due to "frustration."
CNN reports Fatimah Zuraidah Salleh, deputy director of the children vision of the Social Welfare Department, said the child has been put in the care of a foster family.
According to the Daily Mail, the mother is due to be released in late November and the court will decide whether she will be allowed to regain custody of her child.