This video grab made on September 9, 2015 shows a Hungarian TV camerawoman kicking a child as she run with other migrants from a police line during disturbances at Roszke, southern Hungary. After the footage appeared, the camerawomen was fired on September 8 by N1TV, an internet-based TV station close to Hungary's far-right Jobbik party. The woman, later named as Petra Laszlo, can be seen tripping a man sprinting with a child in his arms, and kicking another running child in two separate incidents. The scenes took place as hundreds of migrants broke through a police line at a collection point close to the Serbian border where thousands have been crossing over each day for the past month.     AFP PHOTO / INDEX.HU        (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Hungarian camerawoman trips, kicks migrant
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The camerawoman worked for Hungary's nationalist N1TV news station

She was fired after video of her kicking, tripping migrants surfaced

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The video defies explanation. A Hungarian camerawoman, documenting the wave of desperate migrants sprinting from a holding camp, sees a man running with a child in his arms. So she trips him.

In a video released this week, Petra Laszlo was documenting the wave of migrants, many from the Middle East, sprinting from a holding camp in Hungary when she saw a man running with a child in his arms.

She tripped him, sending them tumbling to the ground. Moments later, the same camerawoman kicked other migrants, including a young girl, as they ran.

The videographer, who worked for the Hungarian nationalist N1TV station, has been fired, Editor-in-Chief Szabolcs Kisberk said.

Now the videographer says it was all a misunderstanding, one for which she’s sorry.

The rush of migrants burst through a police cordon, which was scary, she wrote in a letter to the daily Hungarian newspaper Magyar Nemzet.

The letter describes how the ensuing panic scared her and made her think she would be attacked.

“I am very sorry for the incident, and as a mother I am especially sorry for the fact that fate pushed a child in my way. I did not see that at that moment. I started to panic and as I re-watch the film, it seems as it was not even me,” her letter states.

The woman is being investigated on suspicion of committing a public nuisance offense, a spokesman for the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Szeged told CNN on Thursday. Prosecutors are also considering whether to investigate her on more serious offenses, the spokesman said.

The camerawoman was one of the videographers filming the flood of migrants trying to get through Hungary on the way to Austria and Germany. The migrants include refugees trying to escape the carnage brought on by terrorists and war in their homelands.

After crossing from Serbia into Hungary with only the belongings they could carry, the migrants were stuck for days at a holding camp in southern Hungary. Many complained about uncomfortable or inhumane conditions in the camp.

After breaking through the holding camp’s police line Tuesday, they scrambled across a field, walked and hiked about 4 miles – many dropping their possessions on the ground.

Hungary, a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention aimed at protecting refugees, has come under criticism for its handling of migrants and for erecting a razor-wire fence to stymie the flow.

But the Hungarian government has said it is just trying to enforce European Union rules on the movement of migrants without proper documentation.

CNN’s Holly Yan contributed to this report.