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Photo of Rachel Pietro, charged with child abuse.The Middle River mother shown abusing her children in a viral video that surfaced on social media last week has been charged with second degree child abuse and second degree assault.

Rachel Marie Pietro, 26, of the unit block of Cool Breeze Dr., 21220, was arrested this morning by Warrant Task Force officers at a location in Essex. She is held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center. 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 in the past two months. She said she recorded the video because she hoped it would encourage her husband to come home and take care of her. She also said she was angry with the children.

Minor injuries were documented on one of the children.

A BCoPD investigation of a viral video depicting child abuse is ongoing.

Detectives in the Crimes Against Children Unit began an investigation this morning, after the viral video surfaced on YouTube and other social media platforms. The video shows a woman and several children. The investigation focuses on a household in the Essex/Middle River area.

No charges have been filed at this time. The children have been transferred to the  Department of Social Services and are now in the care of family members.

Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

A 3-year-old boy who is currently the subject of a child abuse investigation died yesterday morning.

A preliminary autopsy has been completed but the results are pending further analysis by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Police initially responded with medical personnel to the unit block of Glenwood Road in Essex on January 19 for an unconscious child. The child, identified as Cameron Anthony Blake, was initially transported to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and later transferred to The Johns Hopkins Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for treatment. The case became a possible child abuse investigation after hospital personnel reported the child had injuries consistent with child abuse.

This case continues to be investigated by the Baltimore County Crimes Against Children Unit.

 
 
Revised September 27, 2016