This disturbing video has gone viral of a mother on a bus this week who threw her baby in order to fight another women on the bus. The question is what the criminal charge should be in such a case. There is no record of any charge at all but the video feeds offer little information of the aftermath.
There is an obvious basis for disturbing the peace and assault for both women. However, it seems clear that child abuse or endangerment could be brought in this case. It is not even clear that the woman who grabs the baby knows the mother.
What is strange is that the baby seems well dressed and cared for despite the mother’s hysterical screaming. She repeatedly positions the baby who seems oblivious to the mother’s screaming. It is unnerving to think that the baby is used to such screaming, but the baby sits calmly through the scene.
I find it difficult to contemplate returning the baby to the care of a mother who would toss the baby away to engage in a fistfight on a bus. What do you think?