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.”

Posted by Sumter County Sheriff's Office (Sumter, SC) on Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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:


Sumter woman charged after pouring water over sleeping baby, deputies say.

Posted by Sumter County Sheriff's Office (Sumter, SC) on Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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.

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9 Replies to “South Carolina Mom Arrested After She Posted a Video of Herself Pouring Water on Baby’s Face as ‘Payback’”

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    To all you stupid friends of hers I guess your all as dumb as her! She is a 9 month old what the hell is wrong with you people thinking that is ok! That woman has screws loose for doing such a thing!! Then to post video’s my god she belongs in jail and who knows what she would do next to that poor little baby!!

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  • Michael Bankston 2 years ago

    The baby could have drowned.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    This woman should not be allowed to have children. Waking you up at night?!? If you don’t want that then perhaps you should use BIRTH CONTROL. That’s what babies do, you jerk! Unbelievable!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Sorry for the language but how can you be this FUCKING STUPID and GETTO !

  • David 2 years ago

    ALL 9 month old babies wake up at all hours and in doing so wake up their parents. If you can’t remember to treaty a baby as a baby then you need to keep your legs closed or get fixed. This WAS abuse and STUPID NEEDLESS abuse at that!

  • William conley 2 years ago

    Yeah let’s pour water on a nine month old baby while it sleeps and post it thinking this shits hilarious. You lady don’t need to have kids I’d you can’t handle being woke up what the hell are you going to do when they sneak out when they get older or argue with you? Good forbid if one of your kids loses their temper and struck you doing no real damage you’d what uppercut them in their face while they sleep then post that and be like what did I do wrong.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    How the hell can her friends defend her? I mean wtf? Apparently there are way more stupid abusive bitches in the world than I realized. She should have her kids taken away and her idiot friends should have their children taken away for acting like this is acceptable behavior.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Its sickens me to know that a mother would do this to her own child and her friends are just as sick to think its ok what she did.

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