Kuala Lumpur: A childcare centre in Malaysia has been hit with claims of child abuse, after a video of a woman scolding and hitting a crying toddler went viral on Monday, the media reported on Monday.

The video showed a woman hitting the toddler several times, The Malaysian Star reported.

The beginning of the video showed the woman holding another infant’s hand and telling the person recording the video that the toddler had bitten him.

The woman later hit the crying toddler’s face, back and leg while scolding her. She then took the toddler’s hand and hit her arm.

The toddler’s cries were temporarily halted when the woman squeezed the toddler’s cheeks and scolded the child.

The video that was uploaded earlier in the day has since gone viral, with close to 40,000 views, over 1,000 shares and generated over 700 comments within an hour.

However, the owner of the childcare centre denied the claims of abuse.