McDonald's Worker Surrenders in Videotaped Beating of Young Mom

The South Jersey McDonald's worker wanted in the brutal beating of a young mother in front of her toddler and a group of bystanders turned herself in to police Monday night and is in jail.

Latia Harris surrendered to Salem City Police without incident around 7 p.m. after an extensive search, officials say.

She is being charged with aggravated assault and two counts of making terroristic threats and was lodged in the Salem County Correctional Facility in default of $35,000 full bail.

Harris, 25, had been hiding from authorities since cell phone video surfaced of an attack near a McDonald's in Salem City last Tuesday where both Harris and the victim, 27-year-old Catherine Ferreira, worked.

The beating was videotaped by many of the onlookers, who did nothing to help Ferreira or stop the attack. The only person to try to help the victim was her 2-year-old son, who could be seen in the video yelling and kicking his mother's attacker.

"Mommy!" the boy cried as his mother was beaten just inches away.

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"I think it's messed up no one came to my rescue," Ferreira said.

The nearly minute-long video was posted online. It showed a woman, who police identified as Harris, punching, kicking and spitting on Ferreira, who admits talking about her attacker's love life, a move that she says provoked the beating.

"I'm trying to tell her, I don't want to fight you," said Ferreira.

But the attack continued, ending when the suspect threatened to kick the toddler before making one last threat to the victim.

"It's not over... you almost made me lose my job," Harris allegedly yelled at Ferreira before spitting on her and walking back to work.

The victim contacted police after the attack, which left her with a concussion, a broken nose and two black eyes.

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