Arrested: Malaysian mom beating baby on Facebook video
A video is once again going viral on Facebook of a young Malaysian mother who is severely abusing her 10 month old baby. The video uploader has posted the following in order to make people share this and somehow believe they are helping the baby or the mother.
****NOTE: While many other blogs and news sources are choosing to show more than one image of the child being harmed by the mother, I am not willing to show more than one screencast and will not post the video there. To do so would make me a hipocrite. Thanks for your understanding. If you want to see the video or more images simply do a search.****
“This is the most evil and disgusting video I’ve EVER seen. It should go viral. I found it on Facebook. If the world can let Gangnam style go to billion+ viewers, the world can see this and this baby can be rescued before they kill him/her. It’s not enough to just view it and weep. Share it again and again. On every social network. Someone knows these criminals. They can be found and brought to justice. The videographer is just as evil for sitting there recording instead of stopping the madness. And they have another kid watching, learning this wickedness. Do it for all the billions of abused babies and children around the world!”
First I will tell you the story and how the mother was arrested and then I will tell you what this person is doing and not doing.
The 18 year old Malaysian mother hit her 10 month old baby girl over and over again. A video was recorded by a friend of the family who claimed that no one would listen to her about what the young mother was like to her child. The witness claims that this was not the first time the child was injured by her mother.
The video is a little over four minutes long and is one of the worst cases of child abuse I have ever seen. This video is being shared again on Facebook, more than two years since it was first recorded and the mother had already been arrested..
Here is what the Royal Malaysian Police posted on their Facebook page in 2012 regarding this video:
“With the spread of a child abuse video through social media, the police have received nearly 300 complaints and comments from the public… about the fate of the baby. For your information, the case was reported in IPD Petaling Jaya on May 29, 2011, and arrests were made on the same day. The perpetrator is the biological mother of the abused baby girl. The mother is currently serving a prison sentence of 18-months commencing on the date of arrest under Section 31 (1) Children Act 2001.”
The unmarried mother, whom the police declined to announce, is an unmarried 18 year old girl. There are rumours this young woman had been raped before committing the beating on the baby but those were denied and it’s believed that the young mother was frustrated and perhaps suffering from postpartum depression.
In the initial video which circulated on Facebook back in May 2012 (coincidence it’s two years to the date?), the baby was claimed to be 8 months old but was confirmed by law enforcement to be 10 months at the time of the beating. That part doesn’t really matter other than for clarification purposes. Child abuse is wrong at any age.
The most important part of the story is how the baby girl is now doing. When this assault happened in 2011, the baby was placed in foster care and as of May 2012, the baby is doing very well, according to authorities. Monthly checks are being done on the foster family, which have nothing to do with relatives or the biological family members.
The mother was scheduled to be released in November 2012 and at that time, the court would decide what was best for the baby.
I will do a follow up to see what happened
Now my view on sharing video’s and images on social media PRIOR to doing a simple search
Okay now here is what I think about posting this video on social media and sharing it. Warning, I am about to be brutally honest so you may want to stop reading now. If you want to know my feelings on this video going viral more than three years after it happened, then read on.
The abuse happened in May 2011. The video went viral on social media in May 2012, then again in May 2013 and no in May 2014. Do you see a problem here?
Someone had to actively look for the video, download it and then upload back to Facebook in order to demand it had to be shared. The video and the abused child are nothing more than trolling grounds. Who would look for the video, upload to their personal profile and then demand a share while not allowing comments on the video? Trolls.
I have to ask you how any good can possibly come out of using this video and the harmed baby as an advertisement for other abused children? What good can it do EVER? It can do no good. Read the video sharer’s comment about why everyone NEEDS to share this and you can see that the baby is not the concern but just infuriating people is. If you want to help children who are abused, there are a number of very great organizations out there but simply sharing a graphic and or video meant to upset, does nothing.
For most people, we do not believe everything we see in our everyday offline lives but suddenly this is not the case when we enter the realm of the internet. Suddenly every word every spoken on the net becomes the hard truth. Every image you see with some text in it, are the words which were really associated with the person supposedly saying them. How can that be? When did we all decide to be gullible and believe every person on the net as being truthful and honest?
I am definitely not saying that most people who have shared this video or other ones like it or images, are doing this in bad faith or even gullible but what I am saying, is there are some who are.
Some people are not checking what is said, on the web in a simple search. The same people get angry when you tell them the real story and explain why they shouldn’t share these things. They get angry when you explain that next time they are asked to share an image or video which is pulling on our heart strings, to do the simple search first and then share if it’s real. I’ve lost a friend over this very thing on Facebook yesterday. I was surprised that she was not appreciative that I told her so she could tell her friends who had seen it on her status and then shared it. Can’t teach those who don’t want to be taught.
In this next section I will fill you in on a real story. This could be your child and how would you feel in this mothers situation?
I can give you another great example of why you should investigate before you share anything you are being asked to. A couple of years ago there was an image of a little girl whose hair was messy and both eyes were black & blue and swollen closed. The little girl was shared as a child abuse image and demands were made to track down her mother who it was rumoured had beaten her black & blue. One day the image came across a woman’s timeline on Facebook and she immediately recognized her 5 year old daughter. To say she was angry would be an understatement.
The little girl’s mother contacted Facebook to have it removed. Facebook said they couldn’t remove it without it being reported. She explained this was her daughter who was not abused but had just had double eye cancer surgery. Her hair was messed up because she had just woken up from the anesthetic. I’ve had that many times and I can tell you I never look pretty when I wake up either and if there is one person who does, well that is pretty darn amazing. The mother got a lawyer involved and the image was removed from Facebook. I still have a copy of it with the little girl’s face covered and a warning to people NOT to share the original one from that time.
While I realize that many of us are not aware there are people out there who would pull our heart strings only to find out they are scammers or trolls, but we need to educate ourselves. Our world is changing and we have to stay caught up. We can’t simply share an image on social media simply because some stranger has randomly posted it and demands that you have to share it. If we all took a minute to check things out before we share them, the trolls and scammers would lose interest because we all caught on to them and quit sharing their garbage.
It’s up to you and me
It’s up to you what you choose to believe or not believe. It’s up to you to share what you want to share. It’s also up to you to educate yourself so no harm comes to anyone, including the baby in the video. Imagine that was your child or imagine being that child and seeing themselves used as advertising instead of people being genuinely concerned with what happened to them. We are all human and since we all use the internet and most use social media, we need to educate ourselves and pass around those really important graphics and video’s which will do more good than harm.
Thanks to you for reading my blog. I hope that this blog helped to explain a few things and that you will be able to tell your friends and family how to better protect themselves online. Have a great day.
If you or someone you know suspects a child might be abused, contact the following hotlines or if the child is in immediate danger, don’t stop and record the event, call the emergency hotline for your local police.
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