WARNING: Contains graphic language and violence.

It starts with what appears to be a piece of plywood. Then she begins slapping and punching relentlessly with her bare hand. For four minutes, her daughter cowers in the corner. Her legs, stomach and face are all targets.

A mother has divided the United States after beating her 16-year-old daughter in a Facebook Live video that was posted over the weekend for allegedly acting as a "thot" (otherwise known as "that hoe over there").

Shanavia Miller has been identified as the mother who took over her daughter Nia's Facebook page and posted the video that showed her repeatedly beating and yelling abuse at the 16-year-old.

As Nia retreats into another room, Shanavia appears to direct the cameraman to follow her, where the beating continues.


"You nasty as hell," she shouts as Nia cries and holds her hands to her face.

The beating was sparked after Shanavia saw a photo of daughter Nia posing provocatively in a towel next to an unidentified boy. A photo she believed was taken in her Savannah, Georgia, home. Shanavia was appalled her daughter was sharing such private details on social media sites.

Therefore, she believed, the punishment should fit the crime.

"That's my f***ing Facebook page now," Shanavia exclaims to the camera.

"Now, I'm gonna need you all to send this viral. Please share this, cause I'm not done. More to come.

"You got me f***ed up. Acting like a clown. Look at you, everybody see you now, Look at you. Look at you," Shanavia screams as she puts the camera in her daughter's face.

"You think that sh*t's cute. You forget I know motherf***ers. Did you forget that? It's social media. You got me looking bad like I ain't no good mother f***ing parent. I do my best! I do my f***ing best!"

A later post that appears to be written by Shanavia, who has not been charged, says "I love my daughter with all my heart." But she says her daughter won't "disrespect me."

In a later post, Nia explains she had not told her mother she was sexually active and was "gonna wait a couple days to see how I was gone tell her".

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department say Nia told them she feels safe in the home.

"Our special victims unit looked into the case and officers talked to the mother and daughter," Darnisha Green, a spokeswoman for the department, told The Washington Post.

"Although the daughter said she felt safe in the home, the case has been referred to the Department of Family and Children Services."

Police spokesman Sonny Cohrs says there are no charges at this time, and a spokeswoman for that agency, Susan Boatwright, would neither confirm nor deny involvement in the case, citing privacy laws.

Yet while many have criticised Shanavia for her actions, others seem to be on her side, believing kids need strict discipline in order to learn valuable life lessons.

The video was removed from YouTube for violating its policy on harassment and bullying.

- Additional reporting by AP