A woman in Florida suffocated, slapped and threatened to kill her 5-week-old infant daughter in a series of videos she sent to her ex-boyfriend after the two got into a fight, authorities said.
In one video, Bryunna Joyce, 19, allegedly pretended the newborn was already dead, saying, “I’m just act like it’s a accident“ and “f**k this baby.”
The child’s father forwarded the disturbing footage to a Florida Department of Children and Families case worker, the Miami Herald reported, citing law enforcement.
The case worker was unable to make contact with Joyce and contacted authorities, who eventually located the mother. Miami police arrested Joyce and she now faces felony charges including child abuse, child neglect, and domestic battery by strangulation.
An arrest report written by Miami Detective Ervens Ford Jr. further details the alleged content of the violent videos.
Joyce is seen in one, the report states, “slapping the [newborn] four times.”
In another, she allegedly is “throwing [the baby] off the bed” and “then seen placing her hands over the victim’s face for approximately seven seconds” and slapping the little girl again.
The video, according to the arrest report, continues on to allegedly show Joyce taking a pink blanket and pushing it into the infant’s face for 37 seconds. “The victim is seen crying and moving her face around in order to breathe,” the arrest report states. “The defendant also recorded herself rocking the car seat back and forth, hitting the victim in the head with the bottom of the car seat approximately five times.”
As of June 7, Joyce was being held on $17,500 bond. The mother’s infant was reportedly in the hospital for observation while another of her children, a 1-year-old, was placed with a relative.