HOUSTON - Child abuse is a serious problem in the U.S., and it often goes unreported. Thanks to an anonymous source, Holly McCurdy, 27, will have to answer for her alleged actions.
Dressed in an orange jumpsuit, McCurdy faced a judge Friday, for two felony counts of injury to a child. Her bond was set at $20,000.
According to court documents, Children's Protective Services in Harris County received hidden camera videos of McCurdy flying into a rage after her three-year-old touched a pile of laundry. The alleged incident occurred at her home in September 2014.
The probable cause document says McCurdy can be seen slapping her little girl several times in the head. Another video reportedly shows McCurdy picking up her two-year-old son and throwing him violently onto a wooden chair.
A third child, a seven-year-old boy with autism, told police that his mom hits them, and he hides in his room to avoid her. McCurdy's been slapped with a restraining order, so even if she bonds out, she's not allowed to go near her kids.
"The case has, at this point, been reset for about 30 days," said McCurdy's attorney Kyle Sampson, "that will give me a chance to get access to the state's file, and start conducting my own investigation."
According to childhelp.org, a report of child abuse happens every ten seconds in the United States.