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Des Moines mother arrested after abuse was filmed


A Des Moines mother faces charges after witnesses captured video of her abusing her son at a gas station. Rejanie Morris is charged with endangering children and two counts of assault. Witnesses saw Morris yelling at his young son on September 12 during the Quick Trip on Hubbell Avenue. Michael Lomax was in the store with his fiancee, Arkeya Quinn, and said the screams escalated and Morris hit his son. “The child is crying for his life,” Lomax said. “I’m like letting him go!” Quinn pulled out her cell phone to record the incident, and her camera captured Morris grabbing her 9-year-old son by the arms and throwing him face down on the ground. “That’s when I came in and pushed her away like, let go. You don’t do that to a kid,” Quinn said. Another video shows Morris hitting Quinn on the back of the head after she tried to intervene. Des Moines police arrested Morris during the Quick Trip on Sunday. They say the child, with autism, is now in the care of the Iowa Department of Social Services. “Seeing her on video is horrible and you worry about whether she’s going to do it in a public place, what kind of stuff is going on at home,” said Sgt. Paul Parizek. If you think a child is in danger, call the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-362-2178. It is available 24/7.

A Des Moines mother faces charges after witnesses captured video of her abusing her son at a gas station.

Rejanie Morris is charged with endangering children and two counts of assault.

Witnesses saw Morris yelling at his young son on September 12 during the Quick Trip on Hubbell Avenue. Michael Lomax was in the store with his fiancee, Arkeya Quinn, and said the screams escalated and Morris hit his son.

“The child is crying for his life,” Lomax said. “I’m like letting him go!” “

Quinn pulled out her cell phone to record the incident, and her camera captured Morris grabbing her 9-year-old son by the arms and throwing him face down on the floor.

“That’s when I came in and pushed her away like, let go. You don’t do that to a kid,” Quinn said.

Another video shows Morris hitting Quinn on the back of the head after she tried to intervene.

Des Moines police arrested Morris during the Quick Trip on Sunday. They say the child, with autism, is now in the care of the Iowa Department of Social Services.

“Seeing her on video is horrible and you worry about whether she’s going to do this in a public place, what kind of things are going on at home,” said Sgt. Paul Parizek.

If you think a child is in danger, call the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-362-2178. It is available 24/7.

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