The New Jersey woman police say could be seen on video pummeling a mother in front of her 2-year-old child surrendered Monday night, MyFoxNY.com reported.
Latia Harris, 25, reportedly walked into the Salem Police Department accompanied by her attorney. She was charged with aggravated assault and two counts of making terroristic threats. MyFoxNY.com reported that bail was set at $35,000.
Suspect in videotaped beating of mom in front of 2-year-old turns self in
Published July 01, 2014
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Two or three weeks ago, she stopped by the eatery to chat with some of her former colleagues, and at one point Ferreira made an off-hand remark about Latia Harris' alleged romantic relationship with her supervisor.
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On Tuesday, Ferreira said she was walking home with her son at around 7pm when Harris ambushed her in a clearing behind the McDonald’s and smacked her.
The 4-foot-9, 10-pound mother tried to reason with Harris and informed her that she did not want to fight, but the woman ignored her pleas, hurling Ferreira' to the ground.
‘I could have been dead right now, had she hit me in the right spot it would have been over, over nothing,’ Ferreira tearfully said. ‘McDonald’s isn’t worth it, a guy isn’t worth it.’
The people who witnessed the attack and did nothing to stop it have been condemned by local police and the media, but Ferreira cautioned against demonizing them, stressing in the interview that they should not be seen as ‘monsters.’
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After the victim is thrown to the ground, the attacker proceeds to punch and kick her at least 20 times.
The woman's toddler tries to intervene on his mother's behalf by kicking her assailant and yelling at her to stop.
‘Mommy!’ the little boy cries out.
At one point, Harris threatens to beat up the 2-year-old.
Mother who survived savage McDonald's beating that was filmed by onlookers speaks out as police hunt for her attacker
Catherine Ferreira, 27, suffered a broken nose, two black eyes and a mild concussion
Video of the beating was recorded by a bystander Tuesday behind a McDonald's in Salem, New Jersey
Police identified attacker as 25-year-old Latia Harris, who now faces charges of assault and making terroristic threats
Ferreira said had Harris struck her in the right spot, she could have been dead
The feud started a couple of weeks ago when Harris overheard Ferreira gossiping with her McDonald's friends about her workplace romance
Harris, a mother of two, called Ferreira several times telling her she could lose her job over the rumors
By SNEJANA FARBEROV
Daily Mail (UK)
PUBLISHED: 10:34 EST, 27 June 2014 | UPDATED: 16:21 EST, 27 June 2014