The brutal beating of a woman inside her northern New Jersey home by a robber has sparked fear in a normally quiet suburban town and a reward for information leading to an arrest after authorities released video of the attack caught on a baby-cam inside the woman's Millburn residence.

A $5,000 reward was offered Tuesday by the Essex County Sheriff's Office, which said the attack took place Friday as the woman's 3-year-old child watched from the living room couch.

The graphic video shows the robber storm into the living room and then mercilessly punching the mother several times in the face. During the nearly two-minute video, the attacker throws her to the ground where he continues punching and kicks her in the head. He eventually throws her down the basement stairs. He appears to take several items between the beatings.

The incident took place at about 10:30 a.m. in the Millburn, a suburb of Newark.

"Persons with information about the crime are asked to contact Lt. Keith Laverty of the Millburn Police Department at 973-564-7001 or 973565-7016," Sheriff Armando Fontoura said in a statement. "All calls to law enforcement will be kept confidential."

Millburn residents said they have never heard or seen anything in their hometown like what is shown in the video, according to a report on

"We always felt safe here," one neighbor Jeanne Mixon said. "My kids walked around at night. We didn't worry."

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