Mom in viral video of alleged child abuse faces judge Tuesday


Katrina Kennedy, 27, has been arrested on suspicion of cruelty towards a child. (Photo: Weld County Sheriff’s Office)

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LOCHBUIE, Colo. — The Weld County mother who was recorded screaming at her toddler son was scheduled to face a judge Tuesday morning.

The video went viral on Facebook in May.

The woman who recorded the 16-minute video said Katrina Kennedy, 27, 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 can be heard accusing the toddler of losing a cellphone charger.

Kennedy was arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of child abuse. She was scheduled to be advised of the charges against her in court appearance Tuesday.

After Kennedy’s arrest, the judge ordered her to have no contact with her son.

The boy, who isn’t being identified, was placed in the care of Kennedy’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.

The woman who shot the video has also been charged with child abuse. She’s accused of not doing anything to stop the alleged abuse.  The woman claimed she cannot walk or move and feels bad that she did not do more. She is due in court July 18.

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.

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