[WATCH] Here is what the Mother that Slapped the Stuffing out of Her Son had to say about why She did it!

Toya Graham pulled her kid from a crowd of rioters, many of whom were teenagers that were setting fire to cars and throwing stones at police in Baltimore on Monday evening. As onlookers filmed, Graham angrily scolded and slapped her son, following him as he tried to walk away.

The Baltimore mother who publicly berated her son for rioting in a now-viral video said she did it because she doesn’t want her only son to be “a Freddie Gray.”


But Graham told CBS News in a partial interview released Tuesday that she mentally blocked out all of the cameras. Her focus was getting her message through to her son, she said.

“And he gave me eye contact. And at that point, you know, not even thinking about cameras or anything like that — 

that’s my only son and at the end of the day, I don’t want him to be a Freddie Gray

that’s my only son and at the end of the day, I don’t want him to be a Freddie Gray,” Graham said. “Is he the perfect boy? No he’s not, but he’s mine.”

Earlier on Monday evening, Baltimore police called on parents through Twitter to find and bring home their children, many of whom collectively initiated the chaos as part of a so-called “purge.”

The violence erupted after Gray’s funeral on Monday, when crowds began assaulting police, torching cars and looting storefronts in the streets of Baltimore. Police in riot gear responded with mace and warnings of tear gas. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the rioters “thugs” and set a curfew for the rest of the week.

The network will air more of the interview on Tuesday night’s “CBS Evening News” and host a live interview on Wednesday’s “CBS This Morning.”

Watch the original video below:

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