A priest slaps a hysterical baby hard across the cheek during a baptism.
Two adults stood at the font, believed to be the young child’s parents, are stunned, quickly try to wrestle the child away from the elderly religious man.
In the distressing footage the man, wearing a white cassock and green stole, can be seen at first trying to calm the baby down.
The ceremony, which is taking place in France, appears to show the child getting more distressed and seemingly annoying the priest.
The child continues to cry and the man raises his voice to say something. The priest then grabs the boy’s face, pulling the boy to look at him, once again shouting before he raises his hand and slaps the baby who screams even louder.
The mother then tries to take the child back, but the priest appears to hold the child tighter. Eventually, the man believed to be the boy’s father, yanks the boy away as the video cuts out.
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