Mom who beat son in viral Facebook video pleads guilty to misdemeanor child abuse

Posted at 2:54 PM, Oct 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-25 19:46:30-04

GREELEY, Colo. – The woman accused of abusing her son in a Facebook video that went viral in May pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor child abuse charges.

Katrina Kennedy-Flores, 27, of Lochbuie, faces up to two years in jail after she pleaded guilty to child abuse knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury charges in a Weld County District courtroom.

Police arrested Kennedy-Flores in late May after another woman posted a 16-minute video to Facebook May 9 showing Kennedy-Flores hurling insults and death threats at her son, then slamming the boy’s booster chair down near or on top of him.

After walking away, the video show Kennedy-Flores returning to the boy’s playpen and hitting him. Police photographs showed the boy suffered bruising to his arms, legs and forehead.

A court allows her to see the boy in limited and supervised settings after she was initially barred from seeing him.

Kennedy-Flores is a single mother on permanent disability. Her attorney says she suffers from scoliosis and cerebral palsy.

She is due back in court for sentencing Jan. 3.


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