DETROIT — A Michigan mother and two others have been charged with assaulting an 11-year-old boy and posting video of the incident on Facebook.
CBS Detroit is reporting Demitria Latrion Powell, the victim’s 28-year-old mother, Uteas Michelle Taylor, the boy’s 42-year-old godmother, and Stefon Tirrell Felton, the godmother’s 40-year-old boyfriend, were arraigned Tuesday on several child abuse charges.
Officers said they were made aware of the April 3 incident after someone watched the video on Facebook and contacted police.
Before the video was removed, it had been shared at least 9,000 times.
The 6-minute video apparently shows Taylor repeatedly whipping the boy with a belt and Powell striking him in his face.
“Throughout the beating, the adults admonished the child for his behavior and warnings were given that he not get involved with gang activity,” police said in a statement issued to the media. “Near the end of the video, the child was in obvious pain and he was squirming while being struck and still forced to hold onto the arms of the chair.”
Police said they will also seek charges against anyone else that aided in abuse of the child.
Read more: CBS Detroit