A South Carolina mother has been arrested after she posted a video of herself pouring water on her sleeping baby’s face.
According to Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, on January 30, 33-year-old Caitlin Alyse Hardy was arrested and charged with cruelty to children after she caused “ill-treatment, unnecessary pain, and suffering, and/or deprivation of necessary sustenance upon a female minor child.”
As WIS 10 News reports, the video was originally posted by Hardy four days earlier on January 26. The video showed the 33-year-old pouring water onto her sleeping daughter’s face.
She later posted that video on her Facebook page, captioning it:
Payback for waking me up all kinda times of da night.
According to those who have seen the video, after Hardy poured the water on the child’s face for a second time, the child woke up “coughing and crying.”
The baby girl is reportedly 9 months old.
A handful of people who watched the video contacted authorities in Sumter County about it.
One Facebook page called “Where is baby Kate?” posted screenshots of the video to their account calling for Hardy’s arrest.
After learning Hardy was arrested as a result of her actions, the page updated it’s posted with a thank you:
WE DID IT!!! TY ALL FOR HELPING US!!!
Sumter woman charged after pouring water over sleeping baby, deputies say.
Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis said in a written statement:
“The charge against this defendant will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
Following Hardy’s arrest, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office also notified the county’s Department of Social Services for the “benefit and safety” of the other children who were also living in the home with Hardy.
And while a handful of Facebook users applauded and thanked the sheriff’s office for their speedy arrest, alleged friends of Hardy also defended her.
Two women wrote:
I find it hilarious that so many of y’all are speaking on what you DO NOT KNOW!! Those of us who personally know her, know that this wasn’t an act of abuse!! She loves her kids! Y’all just nosey as hell looking for something to gossip about!
She loves her kids she would never intentionally hurt them y’all some saints ain’t it tf.
It’s unclear if Hardy was released on bond or if she remains in custody.