BY FRANCESCA PHILLIPPY
SALEM – On Tuesday, June 24th, a woman was beaten in front of a McDonalds while her two-year-old child cried for help. Onlookers watch and recorded the violence, but do not intervene.
Pennlive.com reports that Chief of Police John J. Pelura III stated: "Police in this county deal with this type of violence every day. Yet, this video is physically sickening to watch."
Pelura goes onto say that officers were called to the entrance to Harvest Point "for a woman who was covered in blood and appeared to have been assaulted" Tuesday around 7:10 p.m. The chief said the unidentified victim was "disoriented, confused and bleeding from the face."
The person recording the violence set up the video perfectly as to show the mother being beaten and the reaction of her child.
The person who took the video appears to have happened upon the incident and began recording, probably using a cell phone. The video shows several others watching the beating and recording it on phones while the victim's toddler son tries to intervene on behalf of his mother, kicking at the assailant.