Mother charged after video showing alleged abuse sent to WBTV


A Charlotte woman wanted after cell phone video of alleged child abuse was given to police turned herself in. The video was reported after it was sent to WBTV.

Chermicka Smith, 35, who was wanted on three counts of misdemeanor child abuse inflicting physical injury, turned herself in on Tuesday.

A week before the arrest, a father shared a video on WBTV’s Facebook page depicting what appeared to be child abuse. He claimed he couldn’t get authorities to intervene. WBTV, however, wanted to make sure police got involved.

The video shows a woman beating young children with a belt while holding them from their ankles. The children are screaming, and she appears to continue hitting them in another room. WBTV has decided not to show the video in its entirety.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said they were investigating the video. WBTV also sent it to Mecklenburg County DSS.

The father in this case, who shot the video, said DSS did come out and check in on the children but that they were still in their mother’s care as of Friday afternoon. After the story aired at 6 p.m. that same day, the man told WBTV that DSS took the kids away from their mother to an undisclosed location.

Arrest warrants were soon obtained on Smith. She turned herself in Tuesday at the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.