PD: West Haven mother records herself abusing her own child
By WFSB Staff
WEST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -
A West Haven woman has been arrested after videos of her abusing and tormenting her 10-month-old baby were sent to the baby's father earlier this month, according to police.
West Haven police said Kellie Park, 20, of Campbell Avenue texted a video of her tormenting the infant to the father, who then called police.
The videos depicted the baby being tormented, berated and assaulted by Park, police said.
In the videos, the baby is heard screaming and crying, and in one of the videos Park can be heard saying to the baby, "Eat stuff off the floor! This is what your dad wants to make me do."
There was also a second video, police said.
In that video, the baby was in a high chair and Park is heard asking the baby if it was hungry as she begins to throw food at the baby.
Then, police said, Park is seen taking the infant from the high chair and putting the infant in a pack-and-play portable crib and shaking it, causing the baby to fall out.
She could then be heard on the video saying, "shake it up."
Park also sent text messages to the baby's father telling him to call the police because she didn't care, with messages that read "I'll break the baby's face," and "I love abusing your kid."
Police were sent to Park's Campbell Avenue apartment earlier in the day because she tried to commit suicide, police said.
Police said they didn't learn of the videos until they were contacted by the baby's father later that day.
West Haven police said as soon as they saw the videos, they immediately took custody of the infant, who was then transported to a local hospital for evaluation and was then turned over to the state Department of Children and Families.
When Park was released from the hospital she had fled the area, police said.
West Haven police who were assigned to the Federal Marshals tracked Park to a New Haven address where she was arrested.
Park was charged with risk of injury, assault, cruelty to persons and threatening.
Park appeared in court June 21 and will not be back in court until July 11.
She's being held on $50,000 bond.
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