REEVES COUNTY, TX (KWES) - A video of a Pecos woman hitting her nine-year-old daughter has gone viral. The father of the girl claims it's the mother's way of getting back at him, for talking to his daughter after their split.
"The officer recommended me not to look at it because to him it was graphic," said Jesus Armendariz, father of the girl.
"Look at him and tell him why I bust your [expletive] [expletive]. Tell him," said in the video Angela Armendariz.
Angela Armendariz, 36, was caught on camera hitting and cursing at her nine-year-old daughter.
"Stop hitting her Angie," said a bystander recording the video.
A warrant was issued for Angela's arrest after the video came to light. She was charged with injury to a child and bonded out the next day.
"I thought that at that time I was strong enough to handle it and so I watched it," said Jesus Armendariz. "I just can't believe what I was seeing."
Jesus said he and Angela are going through a divorce. When he visited his daughter at school, Angela got mad and took it out on the nine-year-old.
Jesus said Angela has been abusive with her kids in the past and he's tried reporting it but there was no evidence.
"I've tried and I've told them and they just say it's the best interest in the child to be with their mother," said Jesus Armendariz.
We tried to get a hold of Angela but she did not pick up her phone and didn't appear to be home.
Jesus said he's worried of what could have happened.
"A lot of kids get beat up and they get killed," said Jesus Armendariz. "If my child was to go back to her you think that behind closed doors she's not going to beat her again?"
A protective order was issued to Angela, Child Protective Services is evaluating how much traumatic stress the nine year old is going through. The girl is under her father's custody, authorities said the investigation is ongoing.