Toddler in ‘thug’ video will remain with mother, judge rules

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By CNN Staff

(CNN) — The 2-year-old who gained attention after a video of him swearing went viral will remain with his teenage mother, a judge ruled Monday.

An Omaha juvenile court judge ruled Monday that the toddler and his mother would be placed with the same foster family.

In the video, the diapered boy is taunted and cursed at by adults, who coax him into using crude words.

The toddler knocks down a chair and responds to some of the comments with a middle-finger salute.

Police union in Omaha, Nebraska, posted the clip on its website to highlight what it called the “cycle of violence and thuggery” the community faces.

Last week, the mother defended her son in an interview with CNN affiliate KETV. CNN does not identify juveniles in such stories.

“He’s a smart little boy. All that cussing that he did, he doesn’t do that,” she said. “Somebody told him to do that. My son doesn’t do that. I don’t allow it.”

CNN’s Shawn Nottingham, Matt Smith, Faith Karimi, Casey Wian and Jack Hannah contributed to this report.

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  • sherrell buchanan

    Its freaking clear that she allow that type of behavior because if she didnt why did she allow someone to tell her child to say these words and it is clear that he has been taught to throw the middle finger up for sometime because he was doing it willing. And what judge in his right mind would allow a child to go back into that type of environment. They are still going to teach him these things this time not on video. Its sad that they would this child such bs, and you dont make a video of someone teaching your child how to count,read,or even say his abc’s,or even trying to potty train him. I feel so bad for this child, he is our next thug in the making. Way to go mom.

  • terri

    what kind of “mother” allows her child to be “cussed” at?!? Then teaches him to cuss back?! She should have her child taken away, and not be allowed to EVER have children!!! Teach your children love, discipline, respect…what is she doing??—making another thug to be thrown on our society…I feel bad for the child too.

  • cory taylor

    It’s there child and they can have a little fun…. there is no harm done. And far as making a thug go, I see little white kids at the shooting range all the time and they (white kids) are the ones shooting up our schools killing our kids and teachers. so its ok to train a mass murderer?

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