Aug 15, 2007
A 10-year-old boy was screaming, telling his mother to stop.
She didn't, according to witnesses who saw the abuse at a Phoenix area Wal-Mart up close.
Some of them even took a picture of the beating on their cell phones.
The child, Carlos Baca, was shopping with his mother Tina Tatum and his grandmother.
Witnesses said Tatum punched her son with a closed fist, hit him in the back, stomach, and arms and then proceeded to drag him outside to the Wal-Mart parking lot.
Shortly after that, calls flooded the police dispatch center reporting the abuse.
It turns out Tatum went to prison in 2005 for child abuse.
Her 3-month-old son died in 2003 after her then-boyfriend Pedro Peralta shook the infant to death.
Peralta plead guilty to first degree murder in that death and a second baby's death nine months later.
Witnesses in the store also
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