The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office says they’ve arrested a woman and charged her with cruelty to children after several disturbing images and a video were seen on social media of the mother pouring bottled water on a sleeping baby’s face. The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office arrested Caitlin Alyse Hardy, 33, on Wednesday after an arrest warrant was issued on Jan. 29.
After being poured with water the second time, the infant woke up coughing. A number of concerned people contacted the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office regarding these images and video. Screenshots of the post circulating on social media show the original post saying: “Payback for waking me up all kinda times of da night.” The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office says they've notified the Sumter County Department of Social Services in order that thorough investigations be conducted into this matter for the benefit and safety of all children in this home.