Viewers were outraged after the Lawrence, Massachusetts, Police Department released video showing a toddler standing over her mother, after the woman appeared to be suffering from a drug overdose.
The video was taken by a passerby who was in the Family Dollar when he noticed the toddler trying to wake up her mother who was lying on the floor.
Many viewers posted on the necn Facebook page, expressing their sympathy for the child, including Deborah Lippincott who said, "these poor children left with parents who can't take care of themselves. If you do drugs, please let a responsible family member take your children."
Julie Rondeau agreed and added, "I hope that baby gets a new family."
"I pray that child is removed from that lifestyle, that her mom chooses" posted Linda Racine.
However, other viewers were more outraged at the person filming the video, accusing the videographer of just standing by instead of helping the toddler.
"What kind of person would let that child stand there and do that while recording them," Nichole Lapham posted.
Christine Devlin agreed and added, "video but didn't help! What is wrong with people today?"
Carolyn Sheridan-Capodilupo said, "this is heartbreaking. How someone can video this and not comfort that child is beyond me."
The child was taken into custody by the Department of Children and Families and the mother will be charged with child endangerment.