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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.

Two men have died in fires since Friday, one in Middle River and another in Parkville.

2600 block E. Putty Hill Ave.

Yesterday, David Meredith Smith, 56, of the 2600 block of E. Putty Hill Ave., Parkville, died of injuries sustained in an apartment fire at the same address.

Baltimore County Police fire investigators have ruled the fire accidental, with careless smoking as the cause.

Baltimore County Fire Department crews were dispatched to this fire at 4:07 p.m. The fire originated in the victim's bedroom -- on the third floor of the garden-style apartment building -- and was mostly contained to that unit.

Fire crews located the victim, administered medical care and transported him to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased.

10000 block of Crane Lane

Howard Francis Holehan, 67, of the 10000 block of Crane Lane, Middle River, 21220, died January 27 of injuries sustained in a one-alarm fire at his home. Baltimore County Police fire investigators have ruled the fire accidental, caused by careless use of smoking materials.

Fire Department crews responded to the Crane Lane home at about 5:35 p.m. The victim, who is disabled, was declared deceased at the scene. No one else was in the home at the time of the fire.

 
 
Revised September 27, 2016