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Mother accused of recording herself gagging baby released on bond

Jamelle Andrea Peterkin (Source: KPRC) Jamelle Andrea Peterkin (Source: KPRC)
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A Texas woman accused of abusing her baby -- and filming it -- appeared in court Monday and was released on a $15,000 bond.

The video of the alleged abuse went viral after the child's aunt -- Ra'Neicha Broadnax of Richmond -- posted it because she felt like her calls for help weren't being taken seriously. 

According to court documents, Jamelle Andrea Peterkin, 23, stuffed a plastic bag in the baby’s mouth and covered the child’s head with a plastic bag and tied it in a knot on March 13, KPRC in Texas reports

"Officers  arrived at a day care and they observed some disturbing photos. They also saw video of the complainant in a car seat and an adult hand was seen stuffing a plastic bag into the mouth of the complainant, who appeared to have difficulty breathing," a prosecutor said Monday. "Officers also saw another still picture of the complainant in a child car sear with a plastic bag over his head, covering the face and tying it in a knot."

Prosecutors say Peterkin told officers she was upset with the baby’s father when she pulled into a parking lot , took the pictures and video and sent them to her ex-boyfriend.

Court documents said Peterkin failed to take the child to a doctor or hospital.

"She stuffed the bag in his mouth, then he was throwing up, he was gagging," said Broadnax. "She burned him on his hands with cigarettes."

An order of protection was issued Monday ordering Peterkin not to be within 200 feet of the child.

Peterkin is charged with endangering a child and was released from jail after posting a $15,000 bond.

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