JPD: Foster mom caught on camera slapping 1-year-old across the face

Mattie Griffin (Photo: Hinds County Inmate Roster)

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — A foster mom is arrested after police had said she slapped a 1-year-old in the face.

The incident was captured on camera, according to Jackson Police Commander Tyree Jones. It happened on Woody Drive Saturday.

47-year-old Mattie Denise Griffin is charged with child abuse.

Griffin allegedly slapped the child in the face, police said. We’re also told she made the child swallow water while she held the child’s nose.

A witness recorded the incident on camera.

The child was removed from the home and returned to the custody of the Department of Human Services.

Below is a statement from Tracy Malone, Deputy Commissioner of Child Welfare, Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services:

Child Protection Services is working closely with law enforcement to make sure everything is handled correctly and investigated thoroughly in this very troubling situation. Our first priority is to ensure that children are safe and protected, particularly those who are entrusted to our care. As soon as we receive an incident report or discover there is a possibility of child abuse, we respond immediately following agency policy and procedure.,” Malone said.

The child is now safe.  As with every incident in which a child is harmed or put at-risk, we continue to evaluate our processes to make sure we are doing everything humanly possible to prevent abuse from ever happening and, if something should occur outside of our control, to respond as quickly and effectively as possible.

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