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FARRELL Pa. - A 23-year old Farrell woman who appears to be slapping a toddler on a video posted on Facebook is in the Mercer County Jail unable to post bond.

Bail was set at $5,000 Thursday afternoon when Josey Lynn Kerr of Hamilton Avenue was arraigned before a district magistrate on charges of assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Southwest Regional Police issued a warrant for Kerr's arrest after a video circulating on Facebook showed her allegedly slapping her 2-year-old son.

The case was referred to police by the Mercer County department of Children and Youth Services on Monday who contacted the family member who shot the video and posted it on Facebook.

The family member told the CYS caseworker that on the night of November 5, at Kerr's home, the child had been crying because he was hungry. Kerr allegedly grabbed the child's arm, lifted him into the air, and tossed him on the couch.

The relative turned on a cell phone camera and recorded video of the mom yelling at the child to stop crying, then struck the child in the face. The boy suffered a bruise on his face.

Kerr is scheduled to be back in court next week for a preliminary hearing.

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