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Jun 28, 2014 6:05 PM by KYW/CNN

Woman beaten as toddler tries to help

SALEM, NJ (KYW/CNN) - A New Jersey woman is recovering after a brutal attack by a former coworker, and the attack was caught on tape.

The disturbing fight was caught on tape and shows her young son as the only person who comes to her rescue.

Salem, NJ Police pulled the video from YouTube (Warning: this video contains disturbing images and language that may not be suitable for others) that shows Catherine Ferreira's beating. She no suffers from a broken nose and concussion as well as extensive bruises and cuts to her face.

"I could have been dead right now, had she hit me in the right spot it would have been over," Ferreira said.

Ferreira says she used to work at McDonald's with the suspect who police have identified as 25-year-old Latia Harris.

She says the fight started over workplace gossip which she admits she took part in, but never imagined it would go so far.

"This is not good for anybody, you don't look good. I definitely don't look good, it doesn't look good," Ferreira said.

In the video, a group of what appears to be teens or pre-teens stand by gawking while Ferreira's 2-year-old son Xzavion is the only one trying to intervene.

"After that I became so much closer to my son because he didn't care what was going on. He wasn't afraid, he just wanted to defend his mom, so that's my world right there. I love that boy so much," Ferriera said.

Police will charge Harris with aggravated assault and making threats against the victim and her son.

Ferreira studies biology at the Salem County Community College and hopes her injuries won't interfere.

"I have a dream and right now it's just a dream but I have a dream to become a surgeon," Ferreira said.

McDonald's franchise owner Jim Burglaga confirms that the video shows one of his employees. He says that he's cooperating with police and that worker will be serving customers pending the police investigation.

(Warning: this video contains disturbing images and language that may not be suitable for others.)

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