Mother caught on video yelling at son posts bail
POST-TRIBUNE STAFF REPORT December 17, 2013 11:36PM
Rosena Small faces two felony charges after police viewed a video that showed her striking her son. | Provided
Updated: January 19, 2014 11:56AM
GARY — Rosena Small is out of jail after posting $20,000 bail on two felony charges filed after police viewed a video that showed her striking her 3-year-old son and screaming at him as he struggled to say the alphabet.
Small, 25, of 1812 W. 5th Ave., was arrested at her apartment Dec. 11 after her ex-boyfriend posted five videos of the incident on YouTube. The videos, obtained by the police department and the Post-Tribune, show Small using a metal door stopper to smash his toys when he couldn’t repeat the letters she shouted at him.
The videos were all removed from the Internet hours after Small was arrested.
She is charged with neglect of a dependent and battery resulting in bodily injury.
Her son was placed in foster care. A child welfare case manager was at the apartment when police arrested her. She took custody of the child.
Small admitted to Detective Alex Jones that she hit her son during the incident, which occurred in November, police said. She said her ex-boyfriend, a Chicago resident, posted the scenes after they broke up and she refused to reconcile.
She is scheduled to appear before Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Boswell on Dec. 27 for her initial hearing, court records show.