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KCSO investigating disturbing Facebook video of man dangling child over bathtub

This screenshot shows a phone playing a video off Facebook, showing an incident involving a small child that the Kern County Sheriff's Office called “alarming.” The video has circulated on Facebook, prompting the investigation. The Sheriff’s Office said it’s making this case a priority, but they don’t know when or where this video was recorded.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office is investigating a video circulating on Facebook that appears to shows a man dangling a screaming toddler over a bathtub.

Eyewitness News has seen the disturbing video, and due to poor quality it's hard to make out precisely what is happening. The version seen by Eyewitness News was shot off a cellphone playing the video.

The Sheriff's Office said the child is "slammed into the bathtub" in the video.

"We believe the person that posted it, and some of the friends and family have ties to the Bakersfield area," Sgt. Stephen Wells said.

Investigators don't know when or where the recorded incident took place, making it a difficult investigation.

"It's difficult mostly because we don't know where the offense occurred and who the players are," he said.

Wells said the Sheriff's Office is still taking the video as credible and are making this case a top priority.

As of Thursday, detectives said they have followed several leads. However, each has led to a dead end.

"Our biggest concern is the welfare of the child, and we haven't confirmed if the toddler is safe or not," Wells said.

Wells said a previously announced "person of interest" is no longer a person of interest. Virgil Mitchell, who was arrested on an unrelated matter in Arizona, has been ruled out as the man in the video.

Wells said further investigation showed Mitchell has numerous tattoos on his back, and the man who appears in the Facebook video does not.

Anyone with information helpful to the investigation is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (661) 861-3110 or the Secret Witness hotline at 322-4040.

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