Austin mom accused of encouraging kids to fight on video

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Published 5:23 pm, Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Police say an Austin mother encouraged her 4-year-old daughter to physically fight with other children and filmed it. 

The Austin Police Department issued an arrest warrant for Jennifer Sanchez, 19, accused of posting videos of her child fighting to Facebook, according to an affidavit obtained by KXAN.

In one of the videos, court documents allege that Sanchez’s 4-year-old daughter is dragged by her hair by another child as she cries out in pain and pleads for her mother’s help, who only continues to “encourage and cheer for the fight to continue.”

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In another video, Sanchez’s daughter and another girl are seen punching and slapping each other in a living room with a man saying, “Go, go, punch, punch, come on, if you want that cupcake,” according to police.

Police say the man accused of also encouraging the young children to fight is Joann Sanchez’s 32-year-old boyfriend, Tommy Cruz. He, along with Sanchez and her 37-year-old mother, who police say failed to stop the children from fighting, will be charged with child endangerment once arrested.

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Sanchez told police she was trying to teach her daughter how to defend herself from bullies.

Child endangerment is a felony charge under Texas law. The disturbing child fighting videos have been removed from Facebook.

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