3 charged in beating of boy that was posted online

Photo Courtesy: MGNonline
Photo Courtesy: MGNonline

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Three people have been charged with child abuse after footage showing a boy being repeatedly struck with a belt was posted online.

A prosecutor’s office announced Tuesday that the 11-year-old boy’s mother and two other adults each face three felony child abuse counts in the case. Special assistant prosecuting attorney John Potbury says the three defendants have been in custody since Sunday. They are to face arraignment either Tuesday or Wednesday in Flint District Court.

According to the prosecutor’s office, video of the boy being beaten on Thursday was video-recorded and posted to Facebook. The video shows the boy being hit 60 times with a belt on his buttocks while he’s bent over with his hands on the arm of a dining room chair.

An image from a Facebook video showing a boy being repeatedly hit with a belt. (Courtesy WOODTV.com/Facebook)
An image from a Facebook video showing a boy being repeatedly hit with a belt. (Courtesy WOODTV.com/Facebook)

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