Officials are investigating a possible child abuse case after a video recently surfaced showing a woman hitting a 3-year-old in the face with what appears to be a tablet device in a Victorville parking lot.
The woman seen in the video, which has been viewed more than 22,000 times since it was uploaded to YouTube on Thursday, is 39-year-old Yvonne Camargo, the Victorville Police Department stated in a news release that same day.
In the video, Camargo can be seen placing a screaming child in the backseat of a gold Chevrolet car.
As she wipes the child’s face with what appears to be a napkin, she whackes the 3-year-old in the face with the iPad-like device.
The video was shot by a man in a parking lot at 14305 Bear Valley Rd. (map) around 6 p.m. Wednesday, and authorities were contacted that night, police said.
The man stated on the video’s description that he began filming the woman after seeing her pull the child by his hair out of a Khol’s store.
After capturing the child being hit, the man can be heard confronting the woman.
“Hey, why are you hitting that kid like that? … Why are you hitting that little baby?” he asks.
Camargo, apparently startled, then enters the car’s driver’s seat.
A second woman who was with the man can then be heard yelling profanities at Camargo.
“Hitting a f---ing innocent kid that can’t protect themselves. … How do you feel hitting a kid?” she asks.
The child, whose relationship with Camargo was not disclosed, was examined for injuries on Thursday by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Abernathy, the news release stated.
“The deputy examined the child for injuries, conducted a criminal interview with Camargo, and notified Children and Family Services. The case is being submitted to the (San Bernardino County) District Attorney’s Office,” the news release stated.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Sheriff’s Deputy Abernathy at 760-241-2911.