Disturbing video shows a 12-year-old boy with the word “gay” shaved into his hair being verbally and physically abused by three adults.
The footage, posted to Instagram last month, shows a young boy, identified in reports only as Tyler, cowering on the porch of an Atlanta home as he’s berated by a man who makes reference to sexual orientation.
“You still doing gay sh-t,” the tells Tyler in the clip, which was posted by Gaye Magazine on June 17. “You think this on the side of your head for no reason?”
The man then smacks Tyler while holding him by the neck. The word shaved into his head is clearly visible as the sickening attack continues.
“So why you just say that gay a– sh-t?” the man snarls again before shoving the youngster.
Cops in Atlanta learned of the video the same day it was posted and arrested three people involved in the upsetting incident, police said Friday.
“The behavior in this social media post was difficult to watch and is absolutely unacceptable,” Atlanta police said in a statement.
“We are appreciative of the number of people who flagged this case with us and for those who provided information on the location where it took place. Our investigators worked hard to identify those involved and to gather the evidence needed to place each behind bars and we are thankful for their work.”
Police said Lorkeyla Jamia Spencer, 19, and Brittney Monique Mills, 35, were charged with cruelty to children in the incident, while Jordan Jarrode Richards-Nwankwo, 18, was charged with cruelty to children and battery-family violence.
All three were booked into the Fulton County Jail Friday. Richards-Nwankwo was later released Sunday after posting $50,000 bond, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Atlanta police spokesman Sgt. John Chafee told the newspaper it appeared the boy was abused due to his “sexual orientation.” Investigators declined to identify how the suspects were related to the child.
“We are not going into too much detail exactly what those relationships are, because we are not releasing publicly the individual who was being abused,” Chafee said. “We are not putting their name out their right now.”
One day after the initial video was posted, the boy appeared in a second video while wearing a hat. He insisted his “brother” and “sister” were not abusing him after a male voice urged him to start speaking, the clip shows.
“I’m good,” he said. “My sister didn’t do nothing, or my brother, then were just showing me the right thing to do … They was not abusing me … I’m still going to be myself.”
The boy, identified as a 12-year-old by WXIA, was placed in the care of child welfare officials on June 18, police said.