Yulia Storozhuk was arrested on Oct. 31 after a neighbor’s Ring camera captured her mercilessly abusing her 3-year-old son, NBC Miami reports. The 29-year-old woman was seen throwing the child around before repeatedly kicking him on the video. She was charged with two counts of child abuse.
The attack went on for some time as two separate captures taken more than a half hour apart showed the woman continuing her assault on the young child. In the second video, Storozhuk was seen pushing her son in the chest, causing him to fall to the ground. Investigators found the boy to have injuries commensurate with the attack, including redness on his cheek and forehead, as well as bruises on his right forearm and left knee. The mother appeared before a bond court, where she was assigned a public defender and attempted to convince a judge that her actions were a one-time occurrence.
“I am very sorry, I am a single mom and it was only one incident where I let my emotions get the best of me,” she said. I’m so sorry, I won’t do this anymore.”
While some Black mothers are jailed for trying to provide a better education for their children, the glaring difference in how Storozhuk was treated by both law enforcement as well as the court system were pointed out by commenters under a video posted about the incident by The Neighborhood Talk, many observers are pointing out.
“If it was a Black mother she’d STILL be in jail with a Million dollar bond,” one user commented.
Others pointed out that these instances of abuse are often habitual.
“He was terrified to even walk towards her in the beginning of the video, this isn’t her first time,” the user said.
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Source: Black Enterprise