SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. — A picture of a 14-month-old boy posted on Facebook has led to the mother’s arrest.
The photo shows a Spotsylvania toddler suspended in the air hanging by his twisted t-shirt. The boy is hanging from a door frame crying and obviously uncomfortable.
Investigators say the photo came to their attention when people saw the photo on social media.
“We had it assigned to a criminal investigation detective through the child victim unit. When she responded, she did an investigation and found that it wasn’t a nail, it was actually a planter hook that the child was hanging from. But the child was absolutely fine,” Sgt. James Konicki with the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office said.
The picture was reportedly taken by the child’s mother between Sept. 1 and Sept. 10.
According to WTVR, the toddler’s mother, identified as 18-year-old Alexis Breeden, turned herself in Thursday afternoon after a felony warrant was issued for her arrest.
Investigators say the child’s parents had an argument and in retaliation the father posted the photo on Facebook to get the mother in trouble.
Breeden is now facing a felony child abuse charge and recently pleaded guilty to an assault and battery charge against a family member.