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Caught On Camera: Woman Brutally Attacked In Front Of Son

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SALEM, N.J. -

A mother is brutally attacked while several people just stood around, watched and took videos in Salem County, New Jersey.

“I could have been dead right now, had she hit me in the right spot it could have been over, over nothing,” she said.

In pain and fighting back tears, 27-year-old Catherine Ferreira bravely spoke out Thursday. She is the victim seen on tape being viciously beaten in front of her 2-year-old son and bystanders with cameras.

“I think it's messed up no one came to my rescue,” said Ferreira. “We're supposed to set an example. You're in your 20s; I’m in my 20s like what are you doing?"

No one came forward to help the 4' 9", 100 pound, Ferreira during the taped beating except her son Xzavion. He repeatedly kicked the suspect, 25- year-old Latia Harris, trying to get her to stop.

“I became so much closer to my son because it's like he didn’t care what was going on,” said Ferreira. “He wasn’t afraid he just wanted to defend his mom. That’s my world right there. Like I love that boy so much."

"He's only 2 years old. He didn't even know what to do and he did what he was supposed to do," said the victim's brother Tyeish Brittingham.

Ferreira believes the attack was over a comment she made to a couple of friends about Harris and her manager at McDonald’s.

“Life is more bigger than just a job or just a guy , there's so much more to life,” said Ferreira.

Police say Harris left her post at McDonald’s in uniform and confronted Ferreira in a field behind McDonald’s after Ferreira went there to get a cheeseburger for her son.

“It was disheartening to see a woman being beaten in front of her child,” said Salem Police Department Chief John Pelura. "Not only a lack of regard for human life but it says something about the general morality of people."

“I’m scared because she made threats about my life and my child,” said Ferreira.

Through it all, Ferreira, who hopes to become a surgeon after college, kept her sense of humor even after the brutal attack

“It's McDonald’s and I want a cheeseburger, hold the beating,” said Ferreira.

McDonald's said the following in a statement:

"I am aware of the incident involving one of my employees earlier this week. I am extremely disturbed by this kind of behavior and it goes against the values and standards that I expect from my employees in my restaurants. This employee will not be serving customers pending this important police investigation and I'm fully cooperating with the local police in this matter." -Jim Burlaga, McDonald's Owner/Operator

Salem Police say the McDonald's worker is expected to turn herself in tonight.

The video also shows Latia Harris kick and spit on the victim. She is still on the run tonight charged with aggravated assault and terroristic threats. Her bail is already set at $35,000 cash.

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