Baltimore’s ‘Mom of the Year’ Says ‘He Knew He Was In Trouble’

Baltimore’s ‘Mom of the Year’ Says 'He Knew He Was In Trouble’ (Image 1)

The woman at the center of a popular viral video describes her reaction to seeing her son involved in the Baltimore riots.

Baltimore’s “Mom of the Year” commented on the news footage that quickly circulated across the country.

Video from WMAR captured Toya Graham, a single mother of six, pulling her son away from the riots Monday and repeatedly slapping him in the head and screaming at him. Graham said she did it because she didn’t want her son “to be a Freddie Gray.”

“I was angry. I was shocked, because you never want to see your child out there doing that,” Graham told CBS News. “That’s my only son, and at the end of the day, I don’t want him to be a Freddie Gray.”

The WMAR video shows Graham’s son dressed in dark pants and a black hooded sweatshirt, wearing gloves and a mask. As he tries to walk away, Graham follows in hot pursuit, screaming, “Get the f— over here!”

“I’m a no-tolerant mother,” Graham said. “Everybody who knows me, knows I don’t play that. He knew. He knew he was in trouble.”

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts recognized Graham after Monday’s riots.

“And if you saw in one scene you had one mother who grabbed their child who had a hood on his head and she started smacking him on the head because she was so embarrassed,” Batts said while addressing the media. “I wish I had more parents that took charge of their kids out there tonight.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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