Jamelle Peterkin, 23, of Houston, Texas, appeared in court on Monday after she placed a plastic bag over the head of her one-year-old son and burned him before sending the shocking video to the child’s dad.
It’s claimed she allegedly abused the boy because she was upset his father had found a new girlfriend.
The boy’s aunt reportedly said she also received videos and pictures from Peterkin showing the child being slapped and having a lighter held to his fingers.
Officers said they saw video of the toddler experiencing difficulty breathing as ‘an adult hand was seen stuffing a plastic bag’ into his mouth, Click2Houston reported.
A text message she sent accompanying one ‘abuse’ photo is said to have read: ‘Sad that he pressed to cheat after he just begged me to be his girlfriend.
‘That’s okay. We can keep playing. Let’s see how bad y’all wanna be together.
“When I saw the video, I had to ask the police if he was still alive,” said the baby’s aunt Ra’neicha Broadnax. “I thought she had killed him.”
“He was throwing up, his eyes were rolling to the back of the head.”
Within an hour of posting the videos, Broadnax says she got phone calls from local police.
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office has now accepted charges against Jamelle Peterkin.
According to court documents, she placed the child in imminent danger by “stuffing a plastic bag in the complainant’s mouth and covering the complainant’s head with a plastic bag and tying it in a knot.” Broadnax said the baby is now in the care of relatives in Texas and that he is okay.