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NJ mom in videotaped beating criticizes onlookers


Latia Harris allegedly attacked a woman who was only protected by her 2-year-old son as bystanders did nothing.

The New Jersey mom police say was seen on video  Tuesday getting pummeled in front of her 2-year-old son criticized onlookers who did not intervene after she was knocked to the ground.

"I think it's messed up no one came to my rescue," Catherine Ferreira, 27, told Her face was swollen and she reportedly suffered a broken nose, black eyes and a concussion.

The only person who defended her was her son, who kicked the female attacker, who then turned and threatened the boy. 

"He wasn't afraid, he just wanted to defend his mom," she said.

Police Chief John Pelura III said Thursday they are searching for 25-year-old Latia Harris in connection with the assault.

Pelura says authorities had an address for Harris but she was not there. Police obtained the video before it was removed from Facebook.

Pelura says the victim told officers a woman named Tia who works at McDonald's accused her of spreading rumors about her and her manager.

"It was disheartening to see a woman being beaten in front of her child," Pelura said. "Not only a lack of regard for human life, but it says something about the general morality of people."

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