Woman accused of pouring water on sleeping baby as ‘payback’

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a South Carolina woman has been arrested after a video she posted on social media showed her pouring water on her sleeping 9-month-old daughter as “payback.”

News outlets report the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office says 33-year-old Caitlyn Alyse Hardy was charged with cruelty to children.

A statement from the sheriff’s office says Hardy recorded herself pouring a water bottle on her daughter’s face Saturday and posted it on Facebook. The baby woke up coughing.

Screenshots circulating on social media show Hardy’s original post said, “Payback for waking me up all kinda times of da night.”

The sheriff’s office says the county Social Services Department has been notified.

Hardy was released from jail after posting a $1,500 bond Wednesday. It’s unclear if she has a lawyer who could comment.

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