This is the heartbreaking moment a mother is seen throwing and kicking her toddler daughter down a flight of steps.
The footage, captured in the Guangdong province of southeast China, shows the woman yelling at the crying infant as she beats her with her foot against a tiled floor.
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The twenty six-second-long clip was filmed by an onlooker around 3pm on February 24 and later posted to social media.
Following its release, Beijiao Police confirmed that the mother was given a verbal warning and the toddler didn’t sustain any identifiable injuries.
In the short footage, she is heard yelling ‘Still crying?’ to her baby girl who is wearing a red beanie.
She then coldly kicks the child on the floor, leaving her hitting the stone steps.
The video was uploaded to weibo by a witness with the title ‘Song Ge has a word’ on February 26.
Beijiao Police department investigated the case and managed to track Chen down.
The mother told police officers that she had been under a lot of stress recently and she was finding it difficult to control her emotions.
When her baby wouldn’t stop crying, she lashed out but she later said she greatly regretted her actions.
Beijiao police said medics gave the baby the all-clear and she is now under the care of her grandparents.