BALTIMORE (MEDIA GENERAL) – Baltimore’s “Mom of the Year” commented today on the news footage of herself that is quickly circulating across the country.
Video from WMAR captured Toya Graham, a single mother of six, pulling her son away from the riots Monday and repeatedly slapping him in the head and screaming at him. Graham said she did it because she didn’t want her son “to be a Freddie Gray.”
“I was angry. I was shocked, because you never want to see your child out there doing that,” Graham told CBS News. “That’s my only son, and at the end of the day, I don’t want him to be a Freddie Gray.”
The WMAR video shows Graham’s son dressed in dark pants and a black hooded sweatshirt, wearing gloves and a mask. As he tries to walk away, Graham follows in hot pursuit, screaming, “Get the f— over here!”
“I’m a no-tolerant mother,” Graham said. “Everybody who knows me, knows I don’t play that. He knew. He knew he was in trouble.”
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts recognized Graham after Monday’s riots.
“And if you saw in one scene you had one mother who grabbed their child who had a hood on his head and she started smacking him on the head because she was so embarrassed,” Batts said while addressing the media. “I wish I had more parents that took charge of their kids out there tonight.”