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Precinct 11 - Essex

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Keyword: assault
At 11 p.m., a known suspect physically assaulted the victim. The suspect was arrested.
At 4:25 p.m., after a verbal altercation, the known suspect assaulted the victim. The victim was able to get the suspect to leave the residence.
At 2 p.m., after a road rage incident, a suspect in a vehicle pulled up next to the victim’s vehicle. A verbal altercation ensued, the suspect displayed a firearm and shot into the victim's vehicle door. The suspect then fled.
At 3:25 p.m., the victim was in a fight with multiple suspects, when one of the suspects stabbed the victim. The victim was taken to a local hospital and the suspect was arrested.
At 2:10 p.m., six to eight suspects forced their way into the victim's residence, assaulted the victims and stole a game system.

The Middle River mother shown abusing her children in a viral video that surfaced on social media in March was arrested and charged with second degree child abuse and second degree assault.

Rachel Marie Pietro, 26, of the unit block of Cool Breeze Drive in Essex, 21220, was arrested March 21 by Warrant Task Force officers at a location in Essex. She faces two counts of each charge.

Patrol officers from the Essex precinct visited the Cool Breeze Drive home at 1:26 a.m. on March 16, after many concerned citizens forwarded to police a video showing a women repeatedly striking two young children, a boy and a girl. Officers spoke with Pietro and her husband and referred the case to the Crimes Against Children Unit.

Detectives from the Crimes Against Children Unit visited the home the next day and began an investigation.  The two children in the video, a 5-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl, as well as a 2-year-old boy who does not appear in the video -- were placed in the care of the county Department of Social Services and subsequently transferred to the care of family members.

The investigation shows that Pietro -- who initially told police the video was two years old -- recorded the video at the home on Cool Breeze Drive some time since the beginning of this year. She said she recorded the video because she hoped it would encourage her husband to come home and take care of her while she was ill. She also said she was angry with the children.

Minor injuries were documented on one of the children.

This case still awaits trial.

Photo of Rachel Pietro, charged with child abuse.

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Revised September 28, 2016