SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The mother of 8-month-old twins remains behind bars, charged with cruelty to children and obstruction.
Savannah-Chatham police said Brown left her two 8-month-old babies in a van Tuesday afternoon outside the Georgia Department of Labor office on White Bluff Road.
Shanta Hayward says she cannot escape the memory of what she witnessed Tuesday.
While leaving the Georgia Department of Labor, she says she saw a woman take her twin babies and throw them into a van. Then Hayward says the mother started punching one of the babies.
"She didn't do one or two pops, she pounded on that child," Hayward said.
Then Hayward said the mother went back inside the building and locked the babies in the van.
"I went to crying and I wanted my friend to back up because I was enraged, I wanted to fight her, but I calmed down and called the police," Hayward said. "I was hoping in my heart she was going to get some water and come back, but after five minutes she never came back, after 10 minutes she never came back. I was like she has to have a problem because it's been 12 minutes now and you're not back."
Hayward said the babies had stopped crying and were in a daze. "I just kept pacing around the van, pacing around the van until the ambulance showed up," she said.
Then she says she went with the police to find the mother. "When we went into the Georgia Department of Labor she was sitting down with her legs crossed. When they approached her, she took off running," Hayward told us.
Police arrested Brown and charged her with cruelty to children and obstruction. She is now in jail without bond.
Hayward said there's no excuse for what this mother did.
"I cannot imagine what could a baby do that so bad to make her beat that baby so bad? I know I'll never get the answer to that question because I know in reality there's nothing that baby could have done," she said.
She said she never thought twice about calling the police because someone had to look out for those babies.
"I just thank God that God had me in the right place at the right time," she said.
Savannah-Chatham police are not releasing any information about the twin babies. Brown, their mother, will be back in court Thursday, July 2 at 2pm for her preliminary hearing.