3 charged in beating of Michigan child seen in Facebook video

FLINT, Mich. Three people were arraigned Tuesday on charges of child abuse in connection to the Facebook video of a child being beaten, according to Clio, Mich., TV station WEYI.

The mother of the child, 28-year-old Demitria Powell, along with 42-year-old Uteas Taylor, and 39-year-old Stefon Felton, all from Flint, Mich., were charged with third-degree child abuse, conspiracy to commit child abuse in the third degree, and third-degree child abuse committed in the presence of another child.

In the six-minute video, the 11-year-old boy is smacked in the face and hit with a belt more than 50 times, according to the WEYI report.

At least three adults and one infant were present in the room at the time of the beating. On the video, the adults said the boy was being punished for putting false statements on his own Facebook page. The video was shared over 1,000 times before being taken down, WEYI reports.

The 11-year-old boy and the infant are both in protective custody, according to WEYI.

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