Cellphone videos lead James City police to charge 22-year-old mother with felony child abuse
JAMES CITY — Video clips forwarded to Child Protective Services resulted in a felony charge against a 22-year-old mother whom police say filmed herself abusing her toddler.

Kimberly Michelle Hines of James City was arrested Monday and charged with domestic assault and battery, and felony child abuse, according to Deputy Chief Stephen Rubino with James City police. She was denied bond Friday in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Rubino said the incident, which took place July 20 at a home in the 100 block of Lafayette Boulevard, came to light after Hines's boyfriend forwarded a handful of video clips to Child Protective Services.

“The facts allege that (Hines) potentially beat her daughter and videotaped it,” said Maureen Kufro, assistant commonwealth attorney, at Friday’s hearing.

Defense attorney Brandon Waltrip told the court the child has been placed with a foster family.

The videos depict Hines kicking her 2-year-old daughter off of a training toliet, cursing at her, and throwing objects at the child, Rubino said. He noted the videos were taken on Hines's cellphone.

Kufro added that while the child was crying, Hines screams at her, “Get the (expletive) up.”

In another video, Kufro said the child is kneeling on the floor when Hines throws a pillow at her, which did not make the child cry. Hines then picked up a toy or hard object and threw it at the little girl.

Kufro said Hines sent the videos to a boyfriend, which is how authorities were alerted.

Asked by Waltrip if she had recently received treatment for any mental health conditons, Hines confirmed she had been treated for depression and bipolar disorder. Kufro noted there was no mention of mental health issues prior to the bond hearing.

Kufro opposed Hines receiving a bond, calling her behavior “sadistic.” She also expressed concerns that Hines has had three different residences in the past six months, including a Newport News hotel.

Rubino said the 2-year-old girl suffered bruising and some minor cuts. He said upon learning her boyfriend had reported her, Hines called police and told officers he was “trying to get her in trouble.”

Robertson can be reached at 757-345-2342.