GRAPHIC: Swearing toddler in ‘thug’ video to stay with mother
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OMAHA, Neb. (CNN) – A Nebraska toddler who repeated a slew of profanities in an online video will remain with his mother, a judge ruled Monday.
In the video, the child is bombarded with obscenities and racial slurs by the adults around him.
The toddler can be seen knocking down a chair and responding to some of the comments with an upraised middle finger.
At one point, he said, “Shut up, bitch.”
The adults laugh and prompt him to repeat other crudities.
While authorities found nothing criminal in the video, officials from the Omaha police’s Child Victim Unit and the Nebraska Child Protective Services took the infant and three other children into custody last week, the police department said on its Facebook page.
According to a statement, the joint investigation found safety concerns.
KETV is reporting that the boy’s 17-year-old mother, along with the child, have been removed from the home and placed in protective custody.
A judge ruled that the toddler and his mother should live with the same foster family.
After watching the video, the police union in Omaha posted the clip on its website to highlight the “cycle of violence and thuggery” the community faces.
The Omaha Police Officers Association came under fire from the city’s police chief, the ACLU and at least one community leader.
They said the move needlessly antagonizes the city’s minority communities, who make up about a quarter of Omaha’s 409,000 residents.
Sgt. John Wells, the union’s president, said the video was “disturbing” and “offensive.”
“The focus here isn’t on any particular ethnic group, the focus here is on the troubling behavior towards this child,” Wells said. “This behavior is going to potentially lead this child down a path that is completely unhealthy.”
On the website where the video is hosted, the union said the clip came from “a local thug’s public Facebook page.”