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Priest slapping crying baby during baptism goes viral

Priest slapping crying baby during baptism goes viral

(WTHR) — A video of a priest slapping a baby is sparking outrage on the internet.

The video was shared on Reddit Thursday with the caption, “A priest slaps an infant during his baptism.”

The user said the video occurred in France, but no other information was given.

At first the priest attempts to comfort the child, but then slaps the baby and grabs his face.

"Calm down," the priest said in the video after he slaps the baby.

The parents seem stunned by the priest's actions.

A woman steps in before a man, who seems to be the boy's father, pulls him away from the priest.

"Dad locked eyes the second that slap landed. Took longer to grab the kid than it would have taken me. I probably would have slapped the dude myself," one Reddit user wrote.

The video has been viewed more than 1.6 million times on YouTube.