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Dsm woman caught on video abusing her autistic son

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September 15th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines woman faces a child endangerment charge and two counts of assault, after witnesses captured video of her abusing her son at a gas station. KCCI say witnesses saw Rejanie Morris yelling at her young son on Sept. 12 at the Quick Trip on Hubbell Avenue. The yelling escalated to the point where the woman allegedly began hitting her. Witness cell phone video captured Morris picking up her 9-year-old son by the arms and throwing him face down on the ground.

When a man and a woman intervened, another video shows Morris punching the woman in the back of the head. Des Moines police took Morris into custody at the Quick Trip Sunday. They say the child, who has autism, is now in the care of the Iowa Department of Human Services.

If you suspect a child is in danger call the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-362-2178. It is available 24-7.