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Neighbor, landlord point to child abuse suspect's history with kids

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SPOKANE, Wash. - A neighbor and a landlord of the woman charged with assault after being captured on surveillance video kicking her 3-year-old son, say the alleged abuse is nothing new for the mother of three.

The alleged assault happened last Wednesday around 7:30 a.m. at the STA Plaza when police say Key grabbed the child by his coat and kicked him to the ground.

According to court documents, after Key kicked the child, she turned to onlookers and said "what the expletive are you looking at?"

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Surveillance cameras captured Key at the STA Plaza Wednesday morning

Multiple witnesses told police that when Key kicked the child, he fell to the ground face first.

Also revealed in court documents is an insight into Key's past with her three children.

A neighbor, who lives in an apartment above Key, reported to police that over the past several months she has heard Key yelling at the children.

Key's landlord told authorities that in addition to the yelling, Key also left all three children home alone on at least one occasion.

Key was eventually arrested Friday after an anonymous tip helped Spokane Police track her down.

Key her three young children were being hidden by her sister, 39-year-old Aletha Robinson at an apartment in the 1400 block of N. Lincoln.

When police arrived at the apartment, they found the boy to be "limp and unresponsive to having a stranger hold him."

Medics on scene said the boy may have suffered a brain injury. He was transported to the hospital and Key's two other children were placed in the custody of CPS.

Robinson was also arrested Friday for her role in hiding Key and her children.

Key does have a criminal history which includes assault and hit-and-run charges.

In court Monday, Key's bail was set at $20,000 and if she does post it, conditions forbid her from seeing he children.

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