Woman violently assaulted in front of crowd; her toddler steps in to help

Warning: This video may be disturbing to some viewers.

SALEM, N.J. — A New Jersey woman is recovering after a brutal attack by a former coworker.

That disturbing fight was caught on tape and shows her young son as the only person who comes to her rescue.

Catherine Ferreira suffered a broken nose and concussion as well as extensive bruises and cuts to her face. Salem police pulled video of the brutal beating from YouTube.

“I could have been dead right now, had she hit me in the right spot it would have been over,” she said.

Ferreira says she used to work at McDonald’s with the suspect, who police identified as 25-year-old Latia Harris. She says the fight started over workplace gossip, which she admits she took part in, but never imagined it would go so far.

“This is not good for anybody, you don’t look good. I definitely don’t look good, it doesn’t look good,” she said.

In the video, a group of what appears to be teens or pre-teens stand by gawking while Ferreira’s 2-year-old son Xzavion is the only one trying to intervene.

“After that I became so much closer to my son because he didn’t care what was going on,” she said. “He wasn’t afraid, he just wanted to defend his mom, so that’s my world right there, I love that boy so much.”

Police will charge Harris with aggravated assault and making threats against the victim and her son.

Ferreira studies biology at the Salem County Community College and hopes her injuries won’t interfere.

“I have a dream and right now it’s just a dream, but I have a dream to become a surgeon,” she said.

McDonald’s franchise owner Jim Burglaga confirms that the video shows one of his employees.

He says that he’s cooperating with police and that worker will not be serving customers pending the police investigation.

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