Viral video leads to child cruelty charges
Sgt. Jon Segroves with the Albany Police Department told FOX 31 Thursday while questioning Contralus Brown and Kasheika Thomas they were told the video was staged. Segroves says one of the suspects told APD the video was filmed, "to keep Facebook interesting."
Although the police were told it was a joke they're still taking the case seriously, especially since there is a child involved. Segroves told us, "As far as the welfare of the child DFACS will look into that to determine if the environment is suitable for them."
He also said APD is looking into who filmed the video and they will determine whether or not that person will also face charges.
FOX 31 reached out to the family of Brown and Thomas who declined to do an interview stating their lawyer advised them not to.
The Albany Police Department has arrested and charged two adults after a video showing a child being kicked to the ground went viral.
APD says an overwhelming amount of people contacted them about the video expressing their concern. Investigators followed up on the video and arrested both Contralus Leonard Brown, 28, and Kasheika Thomas, 22.
According to police both Brown and Thomas were arrested Wednesday afternoon, taken to the Law Enforcement Center for questioning and then taken to the Dougherty County Jail. Brown is charged with cruelty to a child in the 2nd degree, simple battery, and reckless conduct. Thomas was charged with cruelty to a child in the 2nd degree and reckless conduct.
APD says the child in the video is fine.
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