January 10th, 2014
08:44 PM ET

Mom defends toddler in "Thug Cycle" video

"He's a smart little boy. All that cussing that he did, he doesn't do that," mom says.

The mother of the so-called "thug" toddler is breaking her silence, claiming she didn't film her 2-year-old unleashing a slew of obscenities.

The video went viral after the Omaha Police Union re-posted from the family's Facebook page.

The video appears to contradict the mom's story.

"He had a clean diaper, the house was clean and like they said, kids curse, every kid does it," the mother told CNN affiliate KETV in an exclusive interview. CNN does not identify juveniles in such stories. The mother is 16.

The Department of Health and Human Services first got involved with this family back in June, worried that the children were unsupervised.

The family then was moved to a new home in August. Then in October, there was a shooting at the house.
The two-year-old child was hit by bullet shrapnel. Four others were injured including the mom, then just 16-years-old.

The family was moved again to a new home in November. Then in December, police raided a party at that home searching for a shooting suspect.

OutFront: Sgt. John Wells, President of the Omaha Police Union, which posted the video and attorney Natalie Jackson.

Filed under: 'Thug cycle' video • Justice • News
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. john sommer

    Discusting people, period. The Omaha PD did the right thing exposing this filthy culture.

    January 12, 2014 at 6:00 pm | Reply
  2. J.

    What, you be dissin' on me! Yo betta not be dissin on me or I'se have your momma for breakfast ...and yo daddy too!! Yas, I curse when I wanna...I'se all of two yas know so don'ts be given me youse-all-lip now ya hear.... Signed J.R.Thug-Head, the Fourth.

    January 12, 2014 at 9:26 am | Reply
  3. tonyno

    Kids curse, everybody does it? Kids normally learn for their parents early on. It's your fault, mother, for cussing in front of your child or allowing the kid to be exposed to cussing and not doing anything about it.

    January 11, 2014 at 7:47 pm | Reply
  4. Bonnie Cosentino

    I hope you will do more stories about Omaha. Omaha's real thugs are the police, not a two year old child. Today, a sixth Omaha police officer was fired because of unbelievable conduct of 32 officers on March 21, 2013.

    We have a lot of problems with the police here in Omaha, Nebraska and thanks to CNN, they continue to draw national attention. The family in this video (below) is suing the Police Chief and all the officers in federal court. The ACLU filed suit this week on behalf of the family.

    Today's story in the largest newspaper in Nebraska is here:

    The video of the police actions that got six fired (so far) is here:

    Here’s a link to a related story by the ACLU of Nebraska:

    Another, much worse event reminiscent of the Rodney King beating happened here when about a dozen officers beat, tazed, and kicked an unarmed man, Robert Wagner. It was recorded on a hospital security video. Only two of the officers were fired and then reinstated when an arbitrator, hired by the City of Omaha, could not see the officers do anything wrong in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRrIXoOGSPw

    I hope you do more stories about Omaha police who are the real thugs. Robert Wagner is a community activist and a good friend of mine. If you would like, I'm sure he would talk with you about his beating by the police and his lawsuit against the police officers and the city.

    January 11, 2014 at 12:56 am | Reply
  5. simonsez61

    Come on!!!! Seriously now!!! No child gives the finger and says the words he did unless he has done and heard the words before. He obviously isn't very old beings he is still in diapers. Children of that age would have heard and done these kind of gestures over and over again to have said and done them so easily. Its all bull crap coming from the mother. Who is she really trying to convince? Herself or us.

    January 10, 2014 at 11:20 pm | Reply

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