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  • 26 June 2014, 19:38

Video: Toddler Tries To Stop Attack On Mother

Police are searching for a woman caught on video brutally beating a mother as the victim's child pleaded for her to stop.

The video, shot in a Salem, Massachusetts street, contains violent images.

"Police in this county deal with this type of violence every day. Yet, this video is physically sickening to watch," Salem Chief of Police John J Pelura III said.

The video shows the 27-year-old victim being thrown to the ground, beaten repeatedly, kicked and spat on.

As the attack continues, the victim's two-year-old son urges the attacker to stop and kicks her legs.

The child is then threatened with a kick in the face.

The victim is left on the ground beaten.

Police chief Pelura said she was "disoriented, confused and bleeding from the face".

The attacker has been identified as Latia Harris, 25, but police have not apprehended her yet.

The suspect faces charges of aggravated assault and two counts of making terroristic threats, police chief Pelura said.

The video was shot by a bystander, reports said.

It is not clear what started the attack, which took place on a pathway through a grassy area near a McDonald's restaurant where police believe the suspect might have worked.

The attacker, using foul language, is heard saying something about possibly losing her job.