Enraged mother beats college student she believed photographed her kids


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — An enraged mother chased down and attacked a college student who she believed took photos of her children without her permission.

The 22-year-old female student, who police confirmed was working on a project for a photography class, was taking photos at a public water park, police told CBS 3. At one point, Victoria M. Torres, 32, confronted the student and demanded she delete photos of the woman’s children.

It was not clear whether the student actually had photographed the children, but in most cases, it would be legal to do so since the park is considered a public venue with no expectation of privacy.

The student, who did not want to have a confrontation, turned to leave the park, but as she was walking away the woman grabbed her from behind, threw her to the ground, and punched and kicked her multiple times, police charged. She then stomped the student’s face and unsuccessfully attempted to steal her $4,000 camera, the charges allege.

Torres fled the scene, but was caught by police. She stands charged with assault with intent to rob, assault and battery, and assault and battery “by means” for stomping the student while wearing heavy shoes, police said.