Toddler in profanity-laced video was hurt in shooting 3 months ago in his home
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Jan 10, 2014
The mother is 16.
The 2-year-old Omaha boy who unwittingly prompted a debate about the culture of gang violence was wounded three months ago in a shooting inside his own home.
His 17-year-old father, D'Marco Pope, was killed last spring in what police said appeared to be a gang-related shooting.
His grandmother was arrested last month after five guns were found in the house. She now sits in jail facing a weapons charge.
His grandfather was sent to prison last year, convicted of a weapons charge.
The little boy who was coaxed by adults to utter profanities for an online video has grown up in a chaotic and troubling home environment, according to Douglas County court records.
Authorities removed the boy from the home this week, along with his 17-year-old mother and two other children.
The children were placed in protective custody because relatives continually allowed known gang members into the house, according to court records. A caseworker said in a petition that adults did not provide a safe environment for the children.
A nonprofit child welfare agency, Nebraska Families Collaborative, became so concerned that it twice helped the family move so it could get away from gun violence.
Despite that support, an affidavit said, adults responsible for the children continued to let gang members into the home and near young children.
The pattern of gang activity remains a part of this family's lifestyle, the affidavit said.
“I am always right.”
Since: Oct 09
Former MN Taxpayer
#2 Jan 10, 2014
16 year old mother. 2 year old child.
This must be the fault of all those evil people who did not vote for Obama. They be racist, ya know?
Like I said yesterday on the tread with the video of the kid ... that is the scariest thing I have seen in a long time.
Since: Sep 11
#3 Jan 10, 2014
Oy! There has to be a way to reverse this disturbing pattern. Wish I knew what it was.
“A Frog's Worst Nightmare”
Since: Oct 13
West Monroe, La
#4 Jan 10, 2014
Personally, I believe in forced adoption. When we stop paying children to keep their babies, they will stop having them.
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