Police have arrested a mother who was filmed savagely hitting her innocent baby.

The sickening footage shows the woman repeatedly slapping the sobbing child 42 times, until eventually it starts to quieten.

Police say the mother, named as Aygul Kozhabaevna, has since been identified and arrested in the central Asian republic of Uzbekistan.

The video was filmed in the south Kazakhstan city of Almaty in August this year, but it was only shared online recently.

The mother slaps and punches her baby in the head 42 times (Photo: CEN)

It was reported that Kazakhstan police were investigating after the horrifying footage started going viral .

Police spokesman Almas Sadubaev has since confirmed the woman was found and identified, adding: “During the interrogation she admitted her guilt and the fact it was her in the video.”

As well as child abuse, the woman could also find herself facing charges relating to the illegal crossing of the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

The baby continues to cry as the mother hits the child across the face (Photo: CEN)

The mother was reportedly unaware that she was being filmed by an unnamed eight-year-old girl, who was the daughter of one of her friends she was staying with.

She claims she carried out the attack to “teach the baby a lesson” when it would not stop crying.

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