Facebook beating triggers arrests

FLINT, Michigan (WEYI) – Police in Flint, Michigan have made two arrests and two children are in protective custody after video of a brutal beating was posted on Facebook.

In the six-minute video an 11-year-old boy is smacked in the face and hit with a belt more than 50 times.

“I watched the video and I was disturbed by it,” says David Leyton, the Genesee County prosecutor.

At least three adults watch the lashings, saying on the video the boy is being punished for having false information on his Facebook page.

“We made two arrests. We’re seeking at least one warrant at this time,” says Collin Birnie with the Flint police department.

Police say the beating happened in a neighborhood on Flint’s east side.

“Officers went to that location with Child Protective Services and made the two arrests,” says Birnie.

The 11-year-old and an infant are now in protective custody.

The video is sparking outrage over the weekend.

“The law says that you can administer reasonable physical force upon a child for disciplinary purposes. I think this was unreasonable,” says Leyton.

The video was shared more than 1,000 times before being deleted from the boy’s Facebook page.

“That’s why the police department has gotten into it also. We have our own Facebook page now which helped us in this particular case,” says Birnie.

All child abuse charges in Michigan are felonies. Many people can’t understand why someone would repeatedly hit a child.

The county prosecutor tells us he hasn’t pressed any charges just yet. Currently, two people are in police custody.

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