Another horrible child beating video surfaced recently on Facebook and then made its way to WorldStarr. But this time, the people behind the video are now in jail facing third-degree child abuse charges.
Demitria Latrion Powell, 28, the boy’s mother, Uteas Michelle Taylor, 42, the boy’s grandmother, Stefon Tirrell Felton, 39, the camera man, all of Flint, Michigan, were charged with 3rd degree child abuse, conspiracy to commit child abuse in the 3rd degree, and 3rd degree child abuse committed in the presence of another child.
The video shows the two women taunting the boy about him not being “gangster”, and with a slap to the face, within 2 minutes of the video, you soon realize what’s going to happen next.
The grandmother inflicted about 50 hits to the boys behind with a belt, while the camera man, after bragging about being in jail for 10 years, seemed to get a thrill out of filming the video.
The 11-year-old and another child, who was unharmed in the video, have been placed in child protective custody.
“The adults in this case clearly went beyond what is a reasonable level of ‘parental discipline,’” said Prosecutor Leyton. “What the video in this case reveals is a group of adults whose actions were a criminal assault against a child and that behavior cannot be condoned nor allowed under the law,” he said.
Investigators are still looking into any other adults that may have witnessed the video being made, to file additional charges.