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Video of Mom 'Punishing' Her Son Goes Viral & Gets Her Arrested
April 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM

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?


  • imamomzilla
    April 10, 2014 at 10:11 AM


  • peanutsmommy1
    April 10, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    so proud this happened in my county :(

  • imamomzilla
    April 10, 2014 at 10:13 AM

     Why do you think they posted the video on Facebook?

    I'm guessing they wanted to teach him a lesson....

    very disturbing. smh

  • BelleDame817
    April 10, 2014 at 10:18 AM
    Oh my goodness. That's horrible. :(
  • GloBug62
    April 10, 2014 at 10:20 AM

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

  • Anonymous 1
    by Anonymous 1
    April 10, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    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. 

  • Anonymous 2
    by Anonymous 2
    April 10, 2014 at 10:24 AM
    Sounds similar to the incident the other day where the kid was belt whipped in front of the neighbor. Curious to see how many are against this but were all for the public shaming and ass whooping the other day.

  • MelanieJK
    April 10, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    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.   

  • RomansMommy2011
    April 10, 2014 at 10:28 AM
    I saw the video on the news two days ago. It was very disturbing. The grandmother even said to the camera something along the lines of go ahead and call cps.
  • VicVinegar
    April 10, 2014 at 10:28 AM
    Disgusting. Thank God she was dumb enough to post it on fb so she could be arrested and put in jail where she belongs.
    It's so freaking unfair that people like her get to have babies when there are so many good women who can't conceive:(

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