A disturbing video shows a 19-day-old Memphis boy’s harrowing ordeal as he was violently thrown to the ground by his mom, who prayed, chanted and asked another child to join in the abuse.
The woman, who has not been named, invoked the name of God as she repeatedly tossed little Christian to the floor and encouraged a girl sitting in her lap to do the same on Friday, the video shows.
The boy’s father filmed the 13-minute ordeal over the hysterical cries of the infant and the girl, who begged her mom to stop, before calling police, he told Fox13.
The mom instructed her daughter to pick up the baby, then pushed her, forcing Christian to roll to the ground.
At times, he is left sprawled on the ground face-down.
The baby boy is left crying on the ground of the Memphis home.
His mom later dragged him around by the arm.
While the parents shouted at each other in the video, the dialogue is difficult to hear over the cries of the children.
Memphis police responded to the scene after the man reported the incident Friday. They later took the mother for psychiatric evaluation and placed little Christian with his grandmother, although it is not clear exactly how soon after the incident.
The department did not immediately respond to the Daily News’ request for comment Thursday morning.
Police first saw the video after the man sent the video to Fox13, who forwarded it over to authorities Monday.
A version of the video has been viewed on Facebook over 3.3 million times.
Although the distraught mother repeatedly told the boy’s father to take the baby as he lay wailing on the ground, the dad did nothing but record and shout for 13 minutes.
“I ain’t got nothing to do with that,” the man said in the video of caring for the boy. “Ma, you a low-down b***h. I’m going to kill you.”
He later spoke to Fox13 and said he was afraid to intervene during the woman’s “schizophrenic moment.”
“I wanted to put my hands on her, but I couldn’t,” the father said, “That was going to leave me in jail and the baby still was going to go with them. It can’t be two dumb parents.”
He said he took video for police evidence and to keep the child safe.
Memphis Police Colonel Marcus Worthy told WMC the man “took the proper steps, maybe not as quick as he should have,” by taking the baby and calling police.
The boy’s mother is mentally ill and had gone off her meds during her pregnancy “because she didn’t want to take anything to harm the baby,” grandmother Lily Moore said.
“Knowing my daughter, that was not my normal daughter,” Moore told the station.
Christian was examined at a hospital and is doing well, she said.
Child Protective Services, Memphis Police and the Attorney General’s Office are still investigating.