Video shows New Jersey woman being beat in front of toddler

A New Jersey woman was beaten in front of her toddler, and a crowd of people watched but did nothing to stop the attack.
A New Jersey woman was beat in front of her toddler, and a crowd of people watched but did nothing to stop the attack.

WARNING: Video is graphic and disturbing.

Cellphone video showed Catherine Ferreira falling to the ground, and then being kicked and pummeled on Tuesday night.

Her 2-year old son kicks the woman in an attempt to get her to stop, but no one else tries to stop the attack.

"He wasn't afraid. He just wanted to defend his mom, so that's my world right there. I love that boy so much," Ferreira said.

The victim suffered a broken nose and mild concussion. Police Chief John Pelura III described the video as "physically sickening to watch," and he blasted witnesses for not calling for help.

"There is so little regard for human life - by the actor and the bystanders," Pelura said in a statement.

Police identified the suspect as 25-year-old Latia Harris, a former co-worker at McDonalds who accused the victim of spreading rumors about her. She has not yet been located, but she was charged with aggravated assault and terroristic threats.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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