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Cops: Connecticut Dad Catches Wife On Camera Abusing Kids

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NORWALK, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — A woman has been arrested after police say a video camera set up by the father of their four children secretly recorded her abusing them.

Lisa Livia of West Norwalk was charged Wednesday with assault, disorderly conduct and four felony counts of risk of injury to a minor.

Police told The Hour of Norwalk that the tapes showed screaming, profanity and physical abuse.

The Connecticut Post reports her bond was reduced Thursday from $250,000 to $50,000 and she was prohibited from having contact with the father and her children, who are between the ages of 3 and 13.

The 13-year-old child missed 51 days of school last year, WTNH-TV reports.

Attorney Alice McQuaid, who represents Livia, said her client has been diagnosed over the past two months with depression. Judge Huddock stated that although the charges were “most serious,” Livia has no criminal history.

Police say the father, who was not identified, installed a camera because he suspected Livia was abusing the children. He turned over more than a month’s worth of recordings, which were made this summer.

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