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Video of Mom 'Punishing' Her Son Goes Viral & Gets Her Arrested

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Video of Mom 'Punishing' Her Son Goes Viral & Gets Her Arrested

by Jenny Erikson

FacebookThere are ways for parents to keep their kids safe and out of trouble, but beating the crap out of them, videotaping it, and then posting it to Facebook is not one of them. A mom in Flint, Michigan was worried about her 11-year-old son joining a gang, so she allegedly decided to show him what it was like by whipping him on the butt with a belt and smacking his face.

Demitria Latrion Powell, 28, was arraigned for third-degree child abuse on Tuesday, along with two others that participated in the beating, Uteas Michelle Taylor, 42, and Stefon Tirrell Felton, 40. Cops say that several other people were in the room, including a baby. The boy and the infant are now in protective custody.

The disturbing six-minute video clip was uploaded to the boy's Facebook page and shared over a thousand times before officials took it down. In it, he is beaten by the two women, who warn him not to be a "thug" and to stay away from gangs. He clutches onto a chair as Powell looks to the camera and says, "Watch this ass whipping this gangster is going to get."

In what universe is this OK? These adults obviously think it's not only acceptable parental behavior, but commendable -- why else would they post it on Facebook?

This is far beyond an acceptable level of physical discipline. We can debate the merits of spanking or not spanking all day long, but this isn't spanking. The kid got whipped with a belt more than 50 times. His mother savagely mocked him. He was slapped in the face. How that's supposed to keep him out of a gang is beyond me. Seems like it might just make him long for a place where he belongs.

As sick as the video posting was, I'm glad it went up. Several people contacted the Flint police after viewing it, which led to the arrests. If they hadn't posted it, who knows what else those kids might have had to endure?

Why do you think they posted the video on Facebook?

by on Apr. 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM
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by on Apr. 10, 2014 at 1:22 PM
Really? I'm not even going to watch this video because I know it's just gonna make me angry. This world is only going to get worse :(
by captain underpants on Apr. 10, 2014 at 1:36 PM
Maybe some people shared it to actually get her caught. But yea for those who did it for pleasure are horrible.

Quoting GloBug62:

 The even sicker part is how many people shared the video.

by Anonymous 7 on Apr. 10, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Messed up in so many ways.....

by on Apr. 10, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Quoting Anonymous:

Are there often butterflies and rainbows frolicing around your head? We've seen parents right here on CM who are frustrated that they can't "discipline" their children in public because people would see them and they might have trouble with CPS (so when kids misbehave in public, they have to wait until they go home to disipline their kids in private). We've seen parents here admit to using belts, wooden spoons and even switches to spank their children, and they see NOTHING wrong with it (it's NOT a beating, honest!!!). Many parents openly complain that this generation of kids are total out of control pussies because parents are not allowed to whoop their ass when the kid deserves it. Spanking is legal in the US to a certain point, but beating children is not. So... what exactly would the parents like to do but are worried that they are "not allowed" to do? I'll tell you what they would like to do. They would like to do what our legal system considers "beating" but they would like to call it something else while insisting that they are good parents who don't beat their kids. And what do you think happens in these houses when no one is looking? Just hugs and kisses and light pats on the bottom, huh? 

And you still think "acceptable levels of physical discipline" is not a subjective term? 

Quoting mich2.0: It's not THAT subjective.
Quoting Anonymous:

It's just a good old fashioned ass whooping! Just a good parent disciplining her troubled child (before the meddling goverment stepped in and took her God given rights away). And it obviously IS considered commendable in many homes and communities, which is why she had no concerns about posting it to Facebook. 

By the way, I don't really believe it's okay. But clearly some people DO believe this kind of thing is what a responsible, loving parent needs to do every now and then to keep their children in line. They DO NOT believe it is abuse and will angrily defend their right to raise and discipline their child as they see fit. "Acceptable levels of physical discipline" is a subjective term when it happens inside a private house. 

Well I'm not sure what ''frolicing'' is, so I can't really say. People KNOW what is legal and what isn't. So they know that while some things may be a gray area, beating the crap out of your kid like this mother is in no way acceptable. They might think they SHOULD be able to do it, but that doesn't make it subjective. They know it's wrong.

by All the makeup on Apr. 10, 2014 at 2:10 PM
Wow wtf
by Ruby Member on Apr. 10, 2014 at 2:41 PM

 I think he was trying to be a gangster and join a gang. In gangs your are beat in and beat out. Blood for blood. I might not agree with it but what she did was safer than if he had joined a gang.

Quoting MelanieJK:

I've never heard of anyone spanking as a preventative/anticipatory measure.       The kid didn't even do anything wrong did he?      I haven't even heard of old timers who took their kids out to the woodshed making it a group thing and celebrating it.    This is sad.   


by アニメの雌犬 on Apr. 10, 2014 at 2:44 PM
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Which is another example of a parent thinking that they're awesome by video taping punishments and putting it out there for the world to see how stupid they really are.

by Platinum Member on Apr. 10, 2014 at 2:51 PM

What idiots.  I hope they get a long sentence.

by Anonymous 8 on Apr. 10, 2014 at 2:56 PM

You know who does good ass whoopins to their kids?


You know who has one of the lowest crime rates in the world?


by on Apr. 10, 2014 at 2:58 PM

"Don't get involved with violence and post terrible things on Facebook, or ... we will do violent things to you and post it on Facebook."

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