Apparent child abuse livestreamed on Twitch gaming website prompts Calgary police investigation

Calgary woman charged following child abuse investigation
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UPDATE: Calgary woman charged after alleged child abuse livestreamed on gaming site Twitch

Video circulating on social media which appears to show a woman abusing her two children has prompted an investigation by the Calgary Police Service’s Child Abuse Unit.

In the video, which was livestreamed on the gaming website Twitch, appears to show a woman interacting with two small children — one of whom is an infant — while she plays a video game.

At the beginning of the roughly 90-second clip, the woman is seen hitting and pushing a small child who interrupts her as she’s playing Fortnite — a massively popular multiplayer online role-playing game.

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She can be heard yelling “no” and “let go” at the child, who is heard crying.

The clip then jumps to show her in the livestream with the second child laying on the bed in front of her.

She is then seen pushing and shoving the baby around the bed, before picking it up and holding it in her arms.

The video then shows her throwing the visibly upset infant down onto the bed before it ends.

Investigators believe the person in the video is from Calgary, police confirmed.

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In an emailed statement to Global News, Twitch said the user’s account was permanently suspended, but that the company had no further comment on the matter.

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Global News reached out the user for comment but had not heard back by the time of publication.