A Sumter County, South Carolina mother was arrested after numerous reports were about a video posted to Facebook showing her pouring water on the face of her sleeping baby.
In the video posted to Facebook on Saturday, January 26, 2019, Caitlin Alyse Hardy, 33, said that the act was payback for the 9-month-old baby girl waking her up at night.
An investigation into the incident was conducted regarding the mistreatment of the baby girl.
It was determined that the treatment viewed caused ill-treatment, unnecessary pain, and suffering, and/or deprivation of necessary sustenance upon the child as she poured a bottle of water on the sleeping infant. After water was poured on the infant a second time, she woke up coughing as Hardy recorded the incident to post to her Facebook page. The video was determined to be made at a location on Camden Highway, in Sumter County authorities said.
Hardy was arrested for Cruelty to Children on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, after a warrant was issued for her arrest on January 29, 2019. Sumter County Department of Social Services was made aware of the incident in order to investigate and determine the safety of the other children living in the home. “The charge against the defendant will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” said Sheriff Anthony Dennis.
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