Authorities looking for woman shown in cell phone video cursing, slapping infant

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is desperately trying to find a woman captured on video abusing an infant near Downtown Beaumont.  The cell phone video was captured by a neighbor in the 1300 block of Liberty Avenue who heard the slaps and the baby's cries. 

The neighbor told 12News that he was able to hear with his windows and doors closed. He pulled out his cell phone to capture it on video. The neighbor said he called police. He said police officers went to the house and checked the child but never asked for the video recording. 

So he posted it to Facebook. 

12News visited the home where the woman is seen slapping the baby. A man answered the door and claimed he had no idea of the abuse. After watching the video the homeowner said the video shows his truck was not in the driveway. He recalls the visit by police officers and said they left after checking the infant. 

The homeowner said the woman was on his back porch when he arrived home Tuesday. He said she is an acquaintance and has recently been down on her luck. The homeowner said he bought her baby supplies and let her stay the night. She was gone by mid-afternoon Wednesday. 

After the visit, 12News relayed gathered information to DFPS and now the agency is actively searching for the woman. It has suggested she might be homeless. If someone recognizes her, they are asked to call the Texas Child Abuse/Neglect hotline at 1-800-252-5400 or Beaumont Police at 409-832-1234. 


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