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Precinct 11 - Essex

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Keyword: assault

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.

At 1:00 a.m., the victim was assaulted by the suspect while at the Oliver Beach Inn.

At 10:50 p.m., the suspect kicked in the front window of the victim’s townhouse to gain entry. Once inside, the suspect assaulted the victim.

At 1:38 a.m., an unknown suspect approached the victim in the Excape Nightclub parking lot and assaulted him. A physical altercation ensued and then the suspect fled.
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Revised September 28, 2016