A Georgia mother was arrested on felony charges of attempted murder after a disturbing viral video showed her repeatedly dunking her baby’s head in water to get more child support money from the infant’s father.
Laquanda Lenea Mosley, 27, is being held in the Spalding County Jail on charges of felony aggravated assault with attempt to murder, child cruelty, and terroristic threats, reported Fox5.
The mother of the infant told officers she shot the video Tuesday and sent it to the child’s father because he refused to give her money.
In the video, Mosely can be heard saying “is what you f*****g want right here.” After the infant’s father, Kevin Banks, received the video, he made it public on his Facebook page and called police.
“My heart dropped in my stomach and I'm grown, I'm not a crybaby, I immediately start crying and bust into tears because this is my daughter,” he told the local news station.
Police said they would never have been made aware of the video if it didn’t go viral.
"If it wouldn't have been posted we wouldn't have known," Capt. Wilson said in a press conference. "That's the kind of the double-edged sword."
Medical staff at the Spalding Regional Hospital conducted a health check of the infant following which she was released. It remains unclear if the infant was injured.
When police arrived at Mosely’s home to conduct a welfare check, they found her with three children, who were placed in the custody of the Division of Family and Children Services.
Mosely eventually confessed to nearly drowning the child, saying she did it to try and get attention from the baby’s father.
She also sent Banks messages that read, “send me my money now or she bouta die live.”
Griffin Police Lieutenant Michael Natale said additional warrants were being secured against the mother as they investigated the case.
The father’s family started a GoFundMe page to raise money for him so he can make the trip from Minnesota where he lives to visit his children in Georgia.
(Photo: Spalding County Sheriff's Office)