Police say that a Connecticut mother allegedly filmed herself tormenting and abusing her ten-month-old baby. She then sent the video to the baby's father, saying, "I love abusing this kid."
ABC News reports that police affidavit says Kellie Park of West Haven sent seven video clips to her ex-boyfriend Erick Vece with more than 50 text messages on June 9 that showed her abusing their daughter.
According to ABC News, Vece showed the videos to his father, who called the West Haven Police Department.
Daily Mail reports that police say some of the text messages Park sent to her ex-boyfriend said, "I'll f***ing break her face in"; "I'll beat her face in," and "I love abusing this kid."
According to the police, in one of the videos, Park yells at the baby to "eat stuff off the floor." She says: "That is what your dad wants me to do." She throws the food at the baby. She then takes the baby from the chair and puts her in a crib and shakes the crib till the baby falls out.
In another video, Park reportedly kicks at a gate causing it to fall on top of the baby who falls and cries. Park says: "Don't you get it? Your father doesn't care so guess what, I'm not gonna care."
ABC News reports that a police report said the video showed the child "terrified and traumatized." The report said the child appeared "to be crying in pain in some of the videos as a result [of her mother's] actions."
Vece told police that he and Park were living together until a few months ago when he was arrested after a domestic dispute. He said Park issued a protective order against him.
According to Harford Courant, Vece reported the abuse to the police on June 9. Earlier on the same day, before Vece reported to the police, Park had attempted suicide. The police had asked Park's mother to bring her daughter to Yale New Haven Hospital where she was held in the psych ward overnight.
When Vece reported the abuse to the police, officers tried to speak with Park at the hospital but she was sedated and they could not interview her, the Harford Courant reports. She was released on June 10, but she fled to avoid the police. Police tracked her down to an address in New Haven where she was arrested on June 20 and held at the York Correctional Institution in Niantic, Conn.
Police say Park was charged with third-degree assault. ABC News reports she was charged with assault, intentional cruelty, risk of injury to a child, and threatening.
According to Daily Mail, West Haven police took custody of the child.The child was taken to hospital and placed in the care of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) in Hartford, Connecticut, before being released to Park's mother.
MSNBC reports that DCF commissioner Jeoette Katz, said: "We are actively investigating this matter, and the child is no longer in the mother's care. In addition, we are working with the police in pursuit of this case."
Park's mother, Mary Correia, reportedly told police that Park is mentally ill. She told KSDK TV: "I'm not talking to anybody. My job is to take care of my grandchildren and that's it."
According to ABC News, Mary Correia told police that Park was diagnosed with "bipolar disorder, obsessive deviant disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, mood disorder, and is confrontational and violent." She also told police that she suffered postpartum depression after she had her first child.
The Daily Mail reports that Elaine Harvey, who says she is Park's cousin, also said that Park is mentally ill. She wrote on Facebook: "I am not condoning what she did shes not normal like u and me and then LISTEN SHE GOT A LOT OF MENTAL ISSUES AND I STILL LOVE HER shes my cousin."
The Daily Mail reports that Park is an avid user of Facebook, having posted several photos of herself and her children with loving comments.
She is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. She is due to appear in Milford Superior Court on July 11.