Video showing baby being slapped prompts police to arrest mother

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SAN DIEGO – A San Diego mother of a 6-month-old baby has been arrested after a viral Facebook video appeared to show the baby being slapped and abused by an unknown person.

San Diego police said there was also a photo posted that showed the baby holding a pocket knife with an open blade.

Police arrested 18-year-old Jowi Victoria Morales at a home on South Pardee Street in Mountain View, according to SDPD Lt. Scott Wahl. She was booked at Las Colina Women's Facility on outstanding domestic violence charges and was later released after posting bail.

The baby was found safe and unharmed and was taken into protective custody around 1:15 p.m., according to Wahl. Child abuse detectives were working to determine who was shown hitting the infant in the video.

Ashley Butcher said she was shocked when she saw the video on Facebook shortly after midnight Thursday.

"My head was spinning around in circles," Butcher said. "I was mad. I was infuriated. I was asking myself, why would a mother do this to her child, especially a child so small and defenseless?"

Butcher immediately rallied her friends to alert authorities and FOX 5.

"It was just a big group of girls trying to figure out what is happening, where is this girl," Butcher said. "We just wanted her to get the baby safe."

After hours of research and persuasion, Butcher was able to get in touch with Morales via Facetime.

"I just wanted to talk to her to make her come to her senses, to turn herself in and do what's best for the baby," Butcher said.

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