Mother in viral child abuse video pleads guilty

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GREELEY, Colo. — The Weld County mother arrested after a video allegedly showing her abusing her 2-year-old son went viral has pleaded guilty.

Katrina Kennedy-Flores, 26, of Lochbuie pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of child abuse Tuesday, the Weld County District Attorney’s office said.

She faces up to 24 months in the county jail.

The video went viral in May. 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.

In the video, shot in April, the toddler could be seen crying and the mother is seen throwing something into a playpen. Kennedy-Flores can be heard accusing the toddler of losing a cellphone charger.

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, who isn’t being identified, 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.

Kennedy-Flores is due back in court for sentencing on Jan. 3.