The 16-year-old mother of the toddler appearing in a video posted by the Omaha Police Officer’s Association is now speaking out. The toddler and his 16-year-old mother are in state care, along with her 12- and 15-year-old siblings.

Investigators are currently looking into the living situation of the child. Petition documents from social services shows a pattern of issues in the household. According to a social worker, relatives allowed gang members in the household, even after previous visits from social services. The petition also showed that the toddler was one of five injured in October when someone fired shots through the front door of a home. The toddler’s grandmother was recently arrested on weapons charges.

“He had a clean diaper, the house was clean and like they said, kids curse, every kid does it,” the toddler’s mother told  KETV in an exclusive interview. 

“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.”

She said a friend of her brother filmed the video while she was in another room.

“He was wrong for doing that .. posting the video up and getting us into this situation,” she said. “Everybody that thinks I’m a bad mother, I’m not. I’m a good mother to my son. I teach him a lot. He’s very smart.”

The 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.

Police Chief Todd Schmaderer tried to distance his agency from the controversy Tuesday, saying that the union’s website and Facebook page are separate from those of the Omaha Police Department. He said he has little authority over the public statements of union members.

“With that background and understanding, I want to make it explicit and clear that the views expressed on the OPOA Facebook page do not necessarily reflect the official stance of the Omaha Police Department,” Schmaderer said. “I strongly disagree with any postings that may cause a divide in our community or an obstacle to police community relations.”

  • http://gravatar.com/geenababe geenababe

    There need to be interference in that household it didn’t seem like a good environment for the toddler or the 12 and 15 year olds. The mother should have not spoken nor had someone to speak for her. However, it still doesn’t give the police the right to use that as some sort of agenda that a toddler should be seen as a thug.

  • Anthony

    What is striking is that CNN had the decency to blur the face if the mother and the toddler because they are minors. The police union put the baby’s face out for the world to see like he is an OG Crip! That is further proof that the police union is not genuinely interested in helping this baby, but used that video to stoke fears and further stereotypes.

  • apple

    they had the decency to do it after they got called out on it, but the other night , his face was there

  • apple

    “every kid curses” no every kid does not.. if they are getting shot at every other month, how are they both not in child protection services??

  • Gabriella

    “The 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.”

    It’s violence and thuggery because it’s a black child. I’ve seen several videos within the last few days of young white children saying every curse word in the book with each other and in the presence of adults as well. Is that considered a “cycle of violence and thuggery” as well? If so, it also needs to be posted on the police union’s website.

  • Anthony

    I know I did not curse as a baby, and neither did my kids. The mother herself still needs to be raised. She was was probably 14 when she had her son.

  • RJ

    This is sad and we should not be shooting the messanger on this. Their actions may have helped lift this family out of their circumstances. The choice is up to them.

    We have a narrative going when it comes to law enforcement (yes the rogue ones are duly noted and rightfully hated)but there are police officers who actually do care and get tired of seeing this day in a day out.

    Some of these officers in different cities can recall seeing a small child and watching them progress (digress if you will) to a life a crime. Their surroundings are not good to begin with and many adults think it is cute to teach them “thug” ways.

    We cannot deny that this is going on. It hurts my heart, but we have to be honest about this situation.,

    I wish the family well and hope the young mother gets a real education and can get out of those surroundings on a permanent basis. That is the real objective.

  • http://gravatar.com/ubermotion Eduardo

    “Every kid does it”. Well, perhaps every kid that you personally know does it so I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt, but there are kids who have good parents and responsible people around them and would never be caught doing that (rebelling teenagers are a different chapter altogether). I agree with the commenters who say that this video promotes stereotypes about African-Americans because there are cursing kids from other races as well, so ideally this video would’ve been presented together with other examples and it would make a stronger point about bad influences for kids in general. In any case, I agree (in principle) with the idea that we should bring attention to the reality of bad family environments.

  • Kam

    They are in child protective services now. The police have had to relocate the family again.

  • Kam

    There’s more to this story. While I don’t like the term “thuggery” this poor kid has been through a lot and is not in a good family situation. The police have had to come to his house repeatedly because of gang violence and have even had to relocate the family. They are now relocating them a second time due to violence. This is a bit different than the videos of white children cursing, though I seriously don’t condone those either.

  • Gabriella

    I’m not saying that removing the child from the home wasn’t the right thing to do. My issue is that they chose to say “cycle of violence and thuggery” when talking about a toddler cursing and then posting this video. We didn’t know about the other conditions at the home at first. All we saw was the video..

  • LearnBetterDoBetter

    Do the math. This girl is 16 with a 2-year old son. So that means that this is indeed a cycle continuing where this girl living in a house that is exposed to violence and drugs is now exposing her child to it. And she herself as a 16-year old CHILD does not have the merit to say what healthy, nurtured children do because she was not one herself and she has not even finished growing up.
    To hear that this family was accused of NEGLECT for this child also….this makes me sick and hurts my heart.

    People are too quick to cry foul when someone attacks Black people and cry racism, but what we should be doing as a Black people is reversing and looking for the truth in what people are saying. If the police chief was Black would you take his words more seriously?? Don’t let color blind you.

  • Anthony

    There is a lot the police could have done to help this family and increase awareness of this dysfunctional family, but posting the child on a website cursing with a non-obscured face was not one of them.

    They could have sponsored counseling for the mother and child, they could have worked harder to connect the mother and child with people willing to work with them or give the mom a job and help her with school. Maybe they could have gotten the baby into foster care. All of those things could actually make a difference. They then could have produced a video of a happy child speaking politely and doing well in school.

  • JulieB

    16 year old mother, grandmother arrested, clearly this is not a good enviroment for the child. A policeman should’ve never called the baby a thug, but based on this child’s circumstances the odd for him becoming a ‘thug’ are sadly in his favor. No, most babies curse. I’m an adult and I’m scared to curse in front of my parents lol.This baby is a baby and his mother is a child! Where are the adults?

  • http://www.lillian-mae.com Knotty Natural

    I’m wondering why CNN felt the need to interview the child-mother!

  • http://www.lillian-mae.com Knotty Natural

    The adults were arrested! Clearly the adults have child-like mentalities as well!

  • Naan

    I haven’t brought myself to see the video but I have read what seems to be a shift in the way the Facebook page was talking about it

    It seems as if that they DID label the child as a thug and further humiliated the child by not blurring his face.

    Only after this story began to blow up did their tune change to “cycle of violence and thuggery”.

    And yes it is extremely clear that this is not a good household for the baby and the child-mother.

    But the police seemed to have failed to inititally recognize that the child was the victim not ” a part of the problem.”

    This reminds me of when I was watching “Police Women of …” on OWN.

    Police showed up to a domestic disturbance about a 14 year old fighting his mother. When they arrived they were able to tell actually it was the 14 year old who was being victimized and unfairly labeled by his mother who wanted to kick him out. They had no choice but to help the boy pack his stuff. I wish there were more police officers who actually “recognize the cycle” immediately and not treat these children as thugs.

  • Blue

    Wait she says “like they said, kids curse, every kid does it,” then she goes on to say “All that cussing that he did, he doesn’t do that” Sweetheart get your story together. Does he , or does he not cuss? He probably does since they came & arrested the grandmother for weapon charges. That right there lets me know that he doesn’t come from the most clean wholesome home environment.
    There are several methods of birth control that are free, why don’t people use them more often so we don’t have to read stories like this.

  • Starla

    I didn’t watch the toddler’s video and I won’t be watching the mother’s video. However, I do know if a child is cursing that is simply because that is what they hear around them. They have no idea what such words mean, at most, they are able to associate certain emotions to those words. The mother may very well be right that the child was coaxed to say those words and the video edited not to show the coaxing. At any rate, the video may be a blessing in disguise, because it offers these children the opportunity to have another life experience from the one they have been experiencing so far.

    I agree 100% with Anthony, the police had no reason to show that child’s face, and this is a baby who should never have been referred to as a thug. Even in the depths of the most destitute existence we here about those who overcame. It is nobody’s place to label any baby or cast their destiny.

  • SE

    But that’s the problem. This child is being raised to be the next OG Crip. The thugs around him are teaching him this mess. It is a cycle though. It goes from generation to generation.

  • SE

    I always feel sorry for kids who are born to parents like this because they have no chance. They suffer from the parents’ dysfunction and the dysfunction continues from generation to generation. I’ve seen it so many times.

  • SE

    Do you think cops really care about people like that? Let’s be real here. These people don’t care about themselves so you know the cops can give 2 fucks either.

  • Sunny

    Yes, yes, and yes!!!!!

  • Sunny

    This child should not have been interviewed. It appears that she does not have a proper advocate. I feel so bad for her because she is only telling what she has seen or experienced.

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