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The boy's aunt, Ra'Neicha Broadnax, said she received videos and pictures from her nephew's mother, Janelle Peterkin, showing the child being slapped, having a lighter held to his fingers, and a plastic bag put over his head.
Broadnax said it appears Peterkin sent the videos and images because the child's father had a new girlfriend.
According to the family, they began receiving messages containing the images and videos from Peterkin on April 13.
Broadnax said Peterkin threatened to harm the child if they didn't respond.
One of Peterkin's alleged text messages read: "Sad that he that pressed to cheat after he just begged me to be his girlfriend. That's okay. We can keep playing. Let's see how bad y'all wanna be together," followed with a photo of the 1-year-old boy with a plastic bag tied around his head.
Peterkin was arrested and charged with endangering a child, according to the Harris County Clerk's Office.
After this story aired on Eyewitness News at 10 p.m., Peterkin called ABC13 demanding we take this story down. She told our producer the story was "inaccurate," but did not give any further explanation.
Peterkin said she wants to tell her side of the story. We hope to learn more information from her or her lawyers later today.
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