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.