The mother who beat her 3-year-old son while allegedly high on 'bath salts' was running naked through the street - moments before police used a Taser to subdue her.
35-year-old Pamela McCarthy went into cardiac arrest after the struggle with state troopers outside her apartment in Munnsville, New York on Tuesday. She later died in hospital.
The shocking photograph, taken by a neighbour, shows McCarthy running towards the child as he clings to his father in fear.
Neighbors had called police at 7:45 p.m. to say the woman was punching and choking her son, attacking neighbors and strangling one of her dogs.
In a recent spate of violent attacks across the country, alleged users of 'bath salts' have taken off their clothes, claiming the illegal synthetic drug causes them to burn up.
As state troopers responded to the scene, other neighbours called to report she was becoming increasingly violent.
An autopsy on McCarthy will be carried out on Wednesday to determine the cause of the death.
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