PORTLAND – Portland police identified the woman seen kicking, slapping and pushing a child at the Oregon Zoo on Tuesday afternoon.
The woman and child were identified after numerous tips from the public, Sgt. Pete Simpson said Friday.
The case now rests with the Department of Human Services. The woman's name was not released but police confirmed she is the child's mother.
A caller told police Tuesday that she was near the penguin exhibit when she saw a woman in her mid-20s yell profanities at a small child "then kick the child in the side, knocking her to the ground.” The witness said the child appeared to be a 3-year-old girl.
The witness said the woman followed the child and smacked her on the side of the head, knocking her to the ground again, and later pushed her into a cement wall.
Zoo security did not witness the incident and could not track down the woman.
"When you have a family-oriented venue it's shocking to hear visitors observed this sort of behavior," said Teri Dresler, general manager of Metro Visitor Venues.
The Portland Police Bureau Child Abuse Team had asked for the public's help finding the woman and released the video below. Simpson said the Canby Police Department was involved in the investigation, along with Clackamas County Child Protective Services.