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Flint Woman Arrested for Child Abuse

04/05/2014 Breaking News ! 3 Charged with Beating 11 yr Old Flint Boy

Demitria Powell

Demitria Powell

FLINT, MI – A video that went viral in the local area has a woman in a whole lot of trouble.  She is facing 3 felony charges of child abuse for beating a young boy who is her son. The video was posted to the little boys Facebook account. The video was shared out thousands of times, was also reposted to YouTube and posted to various websites across the internet.

MI Headlines does have a copy of the video but we refuse to post it because of the violence in it.  We are also not printing the young boys name because of his age.

To be eligible to sign up for Facebook, you must be at least 13 years old.  The boy in the video is younger than 13 years old.  He should not have had an account on Facebook to begin with.

The three charged are Demitria Powell, the 11-year-old boy’s mother, along with Uteas Taylor, 42, and Stefon Felton, 39, each face three felony child abuse counts in the case.

There are two adults in the video, one is referenced as his grandmother.  The mother even taunts on the video for someone to call authorities on her for the beating the little boy is about to receive.

We have found that this woman is Demitria Powell. She is the first to be seen slapping the young boy very hard across the face.  The woman is enraged because the young boy posted untrue things about himself on Facebook.  He evidently posted that he was older than he actually is and is a gang member.

You can then see the woman referenced in the video as his grandmother whipping the young boy with a belt of nearly 60 times.  In the background you can hear a man saying that he had been locked up for 10 years in prison and could not wait to see the boy get a whipping.

Early Saturday afternoon Flint City Police posted on their Facebook page that they were investigating the situation with DHS. As of 5:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon two people had been taken into custody in connection to the incident, one man, 39, and one woman, 42.  The man and woman were arrested on unrelated warrants Friday and are not biologically related to the child.  The 39-year-old man is believed to be the person recording the video is her boyfriend.article-2600225-1CF23D7800000578-797_634x318

Hundreds of comments were posted to the City of Flint Police Department’s Facebook page and to the Flint Police Operations Facebook page about this incident.  On the Flint Police Operations page they posted the following:

**WARNING**: Vulgar language, racist comments as well as argumentative comments will not be tolerated and will result in immediate ban without warning. FPO Admins
THIS POST AND/OR COMMENTS WILL BE HIDDEN IF THE BACK FORTH BICKERING DOES NOT STOP!!!

It is very evident that the comments and discussion on social media has become extremely heated.

The video has been removed from the boy’s Facebook page.   A search of Youtube was also done and the video appears to have been removed from there also.  Flint Police and Child Protective Services continue to investigate the incident.  More arrests may be forthcoming.  Flint police are to be commended for acting quickly once they learned of the video and its contents.

The Flint Police Department asks that the video not be shared out or reposted any further by anyone.  We have adhered to that request even before publishing this article.

 

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44 replies »

  1. The video shows that they've done this before but didn't record it. As a parent you supposed to pay attention to what your children is into. It's obvious that the parent never set a positive example for the 11yr old in his development. The woman is a child herself. I say that because she acted like a kid in the video taunting and humiliating this kid.

  2. Investigate? Its plain to see how they have done this poor child the child does not need to ever be allowed around these people again and they all need to be locked up

  3. Thank god. I hope that biy and any other chikdren get put somewhere they are treated.like children

  4. sick individual…. and she was to take care of him if his parents passed.. beat her and see how it feels..

  5. Hunting license, drivers, license, gun license, fishing license, liquor license, merchants license, marriage license, chauffeurs license, motorcycle license, real estate license, license to kill (oh wait that was a movie) license to have a kid isn't required.

  6. TAKE THEM ALL IN & PUT THEM AWAY! Then place the children where they will be loved and have a chance at a decent life, never to return to that hellhole!

  7. I am pleased to see that this matter has been dealt with swiftly and I hope that the child is now in a safe environment and received any medical treatment that he may need.

  8. The video is still being shared around on Facebook. Where I come from, a whippin' isn't that uncommon. I'm all for spanking a child if they need it, but what these people did is unacceptable. Jail time? Let me think about it…Nah, how about someone tie those adults up and beat them with a belt. Sounds like a fair punishment to me!!

  9. well done all who reported I sent them the video very distressing ,keep up the good work

  10. hope that boy gets justice, clearly child abuse ,this must stop .glad people let you know whats going on in your county well done police for doing their job Brenda england

  11. Kelly Cowley Your very welcome. Children are to be protected. Not exploited to garner almost 1 million hits to a website.

  12. We are aware that the video is still up on that site. Flint Police have been notified by MI Headlines to see if they could pressure or convince them to remove it. It is just plain wrong to have that out there like that.

  13. well I just seen this video on world hip hop star and its still out there just saying and its wrong whopping a child for just obviously doing what he thinks is cool and its all cause the environment you have him in

  14. They went WAY too far.. by POSTING it.. that's something you do in PRIVATE! I've had an ass whoopin JUST LIKE THIS before! But I bet he don't become a GANGSTA… and neither did I! Shit, if he wants to BE a Gangsta he's gonna have to take a WORSE ass whoopin than THAT! But it seems like parents today either go to far or do NOTHING AT ALL! Sorry ya'll, but some children NEED an ass whoopin'! I don't see TOO much wrong with this besides POSTING it to FB! You want violence to stop in the street but you stop the PUNISHMENTS at home??? Make up your MIND! This is ONE LESS GANSTA in the street killing somebody in as little as 5 years!

  15. ***Racist comments will NOT be tolerated. Anyone posting such comments will be banned immediately. No questions asked !***

  16. To be honest, who n the hell do they think they are! Andddd to be smoking around a little baby?? How digusting and people really think it's okay? Just because your raised with it doesn't mean that it's ok. I was raised around it, and I will not put my daughter thru anything like that! That kid will drop out, go to prison etc.. He lives with it so that's all he knows! Hopefully someone with some damn sense gets this boy and leads him in the right direction!! And thank god they got the "parents". For michigan to make false accusations against those who don't do anything then have these idiots to actually post this crap let alone do it. I wish more than punishment on these so called parents!

  17. I reposted this and thanked my mother for delivering similar spankings as a child. Anyone getting suspect with my mom about my childhood…I think the statute of limitations is up. And again…I'm THANKFUL.

  18. Wow! That was quick. This outcome was not surprising at all given the fact that this has happened before when parents attempt to punish their children and take it to far. Spankings and beatings are two totally different things. This was a beating of a defenseless child who couldn't fight back.

  19. I am so glad they got these ppl those bitches need more than just jail time they deserve there asses beat like they did that boy that was weigh over board for that and didn't deserve that…they r lucky I didn't leave next to them…

  20. I'm so very thankful that the police department took action on this. There are so many videos like this people post on Facebook and it makes me sick. Thank you to the flint police department for acting so quickly!

  21. The name Fatty I noted is beside her name on Facebook…Great description of ones self I must say!!

  22. Sick pigs!! Well..guessing the dude will go back to prison and then become someones wife now!! Was it worth it?!