An Indiana woman was arrested on Saturday after admitting she slapped her 10-month-old son to the floor on video because she was mad at his father.
Hanna Winch, a 21-year-old resident of the city of Peru, was charged with felony domestic battery and felony intimidation. She was being held on $10,000 bail at Miami County Jail and had yet to appear in court, Miami County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Christel Dziengel said Wednesday.
A day before arresting Winch, Peru police performed a welfare check at her house based on a complaint of a woman beating a small child on video, according to a press release by the department. Officers found the baby uninjured with Winch but placed him with other family members and opened an investigation.
Later Friday, a video that shows Winch abusing the boy began circulating online. Peru police and Indiana child services subsequently received a flood of reports from the public.
The initial report about the existence of the video came from the boy’s paternal grandparents, according to a police report. The grandparents told police that Winch recorded the footage and sent it to their son, the baby’s father, who forwarded it to them.
Officers again questioned Winch on Saturday, and she confirmed it was her in the video, the police report said. Winch said she had struck the boy “out of frustration” because the father “had refused to come get” him. She also said she had attempted suicide days earlier.
The Miami County Prosecutor’s Office provided Pluralist with a copy of the report. The names of the father and the baby were redacted.
The Department of Child Services did not immediately respond to a voicemail requesting comment.
Hanna Winch documents her crime on video
The 13-second silent clip of Winch beating her son was first shared online in a Facebook post by Joel Urbin, who said he was the paternal grandfather. It since been taken down along with other posts showing the incident.
Winch and the father appear to be on a split-screen video call. At one point, Winch strikes the baby hard on the left side of his face, sending him sprawling across the floor in only a diaper. She briefly turns the camera toward her face before the screen flashes to black and message appears, saying: “Video chat ended.”
In a message accompanying the video, Urbin criticized the Department of Child Services.
“This is cps at it’s best …” he said. “… this 10 month old my grandson gets to stay with this piece of work.”
A woman who claimed to be the baby’s great aunt responded: “She shoved him so hard he face planted on the carpet when he was already crying! Why? Because she was mad.”