OMAHA, NE (KETV/FACEBOOK/CNN) – A Nebraska toddler, taken into custody after a lewd tirade on video, will soon be back with his mother.
An Omaha, NE juvenile court ruled on Monday that the 2-year-old and his 17-year-old mother will both be placed with the same foster family.
It's a video that sparked a firestorm of controversy, a 2-year-old boy being provoked to curse, and saying all kinds of profane things. But behind the video, there's another more personal story to tell.
The 2-year-old boy is being raised by a 17-year-old mother, who lived with her 19-year-old sister and their 38-year-old mother was recently incarcerated on gun charges. There were other children in the house as well.
Douglas County, NE attorney Don Kleine believes there was a constant danger in the homes.
"Some of the danger that we've seen previously was a history of gang involvement," Kleine said. "There was a shooting involved that, in fact, one of the children was injured by shrapnel from [the] shots fired."
In court, the state took action. Cameras were not allowed inside to see the teen mother, who appeared for a custody hearing along with the toddler's grandmother and his aunt.
The 17-year-old will now be placed in the same foster care home as her son. They won't be able to return to the home where they lived, and the mother will only be allowed to see her son under supervision.
In a previous interview, the child's mother said a friend of her brother shot the video while she was in another room. Her face was blurred during the interview because she's a minor.
"That video was not – it wasn't me," she said. "It was a person that came in my house and recorded it. So, for everybody that thinks I'm a bad mother, I'm not. I'm a good mother to my son."
The teen's appointed guardian, Jackie Barfield, shut down the chances that her client will speak again.
"I asked the court, I said it was not in the children's best interest to speak to the media about this case, not even a young mother, because I was this case to play in court and the court is equipped to handle it," Barfield said. "They handle these types of cases every day."
This video, no doubt, has gotten a lot of people's attention.
But now, the toddler's legal guardian Thomas Incontro says the focus should be on the welfare of this family.
"This case involves more than just the video that everyone seems to have seen," Incontro said. "It involves a family that needs some help, and I believe that the state of Nebraska is trying to provide this family with the help."
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