GREELEY, Colo. -- The Weld County mother who pleaded guilty after a video allegedly showed her abusing her 2-year-old son went viral was sentenced to 60 days in jail and five years of supervised probation on Tuesday.
Katrina Kennedy-Flores, 26, of Lochbuie will only be allowed supervised visits with her son.
Kennedy-Flores pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of child abuse in October. She faced up to two years in the county jail.
“Unfortunately, I’ve had to watch this reprehensible video several times, and it never gets easier,” Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke said. “The
emotional and physical toll this little boy went through is unimaginable. And though we were pushing for a much lengthier jail sentence, I hope Mrs. Kennedy
can learn from her mistakes and never put this boy in that position again.”
In the video, shot in April, the child is seen crying and Kennedy-Flores is seen throwing something into a playpen. Kennedy-Flores can be heard accusing the toddler of losing a cellphone charger.
The woman who recorded the 16-minute video said Kennedy-Flores hit her 2-year-old son, shook him violently and threatened to kill him.
Kennedy-Flores could be heard yelling “I’m going to kill you,” and “You’re going to die.”
Pictures of the boy showed bruises to both arms and legs and on his forehead.
Kennedy-Flores was arrested in May and charged with misdemeanor counts of child abuse, and the judge ordered her to have no contact with her son. In August, a judge granted her supervised visitation in a therapeutic setting.
The boy was placed in the care of Kennedy-Flores’s younger half-sister, Nicole.
“I confronted her. I was like what is wrong with you, like you really did this over a charger?” Nicole said after she said she watched the video online.
After the video was posted, viewers shared their outrage in hundreds of Facebook messages, comments and emails.
The video inspired a group of strangers who found each other on Facebook to try to change the punishment for child abuse. They want child abuse to be a felony charge instead of a misdemeanor.
To report child abuse and neglect, call the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect hotline at 844-CO-4-KIDS (844-264-5437).