Authorities in Texas have arrested a woman who allegedly dangled her infant son outside the third-story window of an apartment. The suspect, identified as 23-year-old Greondria Whitfield, has since been charged with child endangerment and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, FOX News reported.
A photo of Whitfield dangling her infant son outside the apartment window was shared by a law enforcement official. However, further details on the nature of the charges brought against Greondria were not clear at the time of this report.
Whitfield is scheduled to appear before court on Tuesday. In 2017, an Algerian man was sentenced to two years in prison for dangling a baby from a window on the fifteenth floor of an apartment block in order to get Facebook “likes.”
The man posted the disturbing photo of him holding the seemingly frightened baby out of the window in a high-rise building in Algeria’s capital city, Algiers, with the caption: “1,000 likes or I will drop him,” according to the BBC.
The picture sparked public uproar on social media, prompting Algerian authorities to arrest the suspect and charge him with endangering the safety of the child. In his defense, the suspect, who is a relative of the child, denied endangering the life of the minor, arguing that the picture had been altered by social media users.
The child’s biological father also pleaded with the court to pardon the suspect, saying he was only playing a game. “The picture was taken in a balcony with protective barriers. These were removed [from the image],” the suspect claimed.
However, the court found him guilty, insisting that the image was clear and the baby’s life was in danger. Despite the claim made by the child’s father, some members of the public called on the prosecutor to add attempted murder to the charges. Others said the incident was a clear manifestation of the extent to which some people are willing to go just to attract attention on social media.