• West Memphis mom arrested after viral video shows her smacking child

    By: Winnie Wright

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    WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. - A West Memphis woman is behind bars after a now-viral video showed her smacking a child. Dozens of people sent the video to the FOX13 newsroom

    “It’s shocking. Yea, it is surprising,” West Memphis resident Joann Allen told FOX13.

    She’s one of several people across the Mid-South that said are horrified after a video surfaced Saturday night showing 21-year-old Alazai Gardner smacking a toddler so hard he hit the floor.

    “It’s mind-blowing. I don’t know how somebody could smack a child like that,” echoed fellow resident, Kelsey Nix.


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    FOX13 has chosen not to show this video to protect the child’s identity and because some may find it disturbing.

    “I’m glad she got in trouble and got caught,” Nix added.

    We spoke to the woman who took the video Sunday. She didn’t want to go on-camera for an interview, but she told FOX13’s Winnie Wright she recorded the video after seeing Gardner smack the child “multiple times.”

    The woman said she reported the video to police as soon as it happened.

    We tried getting a copy of the affidavit for more information about Gardner’s arrest, but the West Memphis Police Department was locked Sunday.

    “There ain’t no telling how many times she has done that, or how many times she’s going to hurt that child, or actually do something to him,” Allen told FOX13.

    Saturday night West Memphis police shared Gardner’s mugshot on Facebook and thanked the community for providing information. Alazai Gardner is charged with felony 2nd Degree Battery and is being held in the Crittenden County Jail.

    DHS was called to take the child.

    “I’m not even sure the kid needs to be around the family. Obviously, they’ve let it happen, let that go on and haven’t done anything until now,” Nix said finally, telling us she hopes the boy is safe.

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