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Julia Terruso/The Star-Ledger June 28, 2013 6:05:00 PM EDT
custis.JPGEDITOR'S NOTE: Graphic video shows a home invasion in Millburn where a man brutally beats a young mother while her 3-year-old watched.
 Authorities are looking for 42-year-old Shawn Custis, charged in the home invasion robbery and beating of a Millburn mother caught on Unknown the family's nanny camera.Essex County Prosecutor's Office

The attack was captured on a hidden camera inside the woman’s Cypress Street home. A man is seen bursting into the home, then brutally assaulting the woman, punching her repeatedly, kicking her and pulling her by the hair as her 3-year-old daughter sits frozen on the living room couch, clutching a blanket. Another child, an 18-month-old boy, was alseep upstairs. Neither child was hurt.

The intruder goes upstairs three times, returning each time to continue beating the woman. He eventually throws her down the basement stairs before leaving through the front door.

The woman, whose name has not been released, agreed to release the video so the man could be caught before he attacked anyone else, police said. It has been broadcast on the internet and by news outlets across the country.

The woman is recovering from a number of non-life-threatening injuries — a concussion, chipped teeth, an injured lip, facial swelling and leg injuries. She did not break any bones, authorities have said.

Custis, whose last known address was on Irvine Turner Boulevard in Newark, has 12 felony convictions dating back to the early 1990s. He was most recently jailed in connection with a string of burglaries across New Jersey in March 2011 and served 10 months at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Cumberland County, according to court records. He was released in December.

In July 2006, Custis escaped from a state Department of Corrections halfway house and was later arrested for burglarizing more than 20 homes in Hamilton and Trenton, according to court documents.

In the wake of last Friday’s attack, residents in Millburn distributed fliers throughout the victim’s neighborhood and organized a community watch.

"Hopefully, this doesn’t happen again, and hopefully there aren’t any other people like him," she said.

Star-Ledger staff writers Tomas Dinges, Ted Sherman and Vicky St. Martin contributed to this report.

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