It's a video that has drawn national attention — a Nebraska toddler being encouraged to swear and say racial slurs by the adults filming him.
The video gained attention after it was posted on the Omaha Police Officers Association's website. The police union called it a "heartbreaking" video, saying they posted it because it shows "the thug cycle continuing."
Police in Omaha said nothing in the video was illegal, but on Wednesday night Child Protective Services took the young boy in the video along with three other children into protective custody for "safety concerns." (Via KMTV)
Turns out the toddler's mother was one of those other three minors in custody — she's just 16 years old. She sat down for an exclusive interview with Omaha's KETV Thursday and said she's a good mom.
"They weren't worried about the video because he had a clean diaper, the house was clean. And like they said, kids cuss — every kid does it. ... For everybody that thinks I'm a bad mother, I'm not. I'm a good mother to my son, and I teach him a lot."
KETV added the mom and her son are in custody in two separate places. New information was revealed Thursday about those "safety concerns." WOWT reports the toddler's grandmother's home was hit by several bullets back in October.
Back then, the toddler was hit in the foot by shrapnel while his mother and two aunts were shot. All of them survived. But after the family moved to a new home, police arrived again.
The Omaha World-Herald reports the toddler's grandmother was arrested in December on a weapons charge after five guns were found in their home. Making matters more tragic for the little boy, his 17-year-old father was killed last spring in what Omaha police described as a "gang-related shooting."
A Nebraska child welfare agency reportedly helped the family move to new homes twice because of safety concerns. Police say multiple gang members were allowed in the home, which also played a role in CPS taking the children from their home.
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