Three arrested after homophobic abuse of 12-year-old boy


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Police in Atlanta, Georgia have arrested three people on child cruelty charges after they filmed themselves verbally and physically abusing a 12-year-old boy and shaving “gay” into his hair.

This week Atlanta Police charged Jordan Jarrode Richards-Nwankwo, 18, Lorkeyla Jamia Spencer, 19, and Brittney Monique Mills, 35, with cruelty to children over the shocking abuse in the US state of Georgia.

Richards-Nwanko is also facing an additional family violence charge of battery, police said.

Last month, the boy’s mother allegedly uploaded the video footage of the adults striking, shoving and verbally abusing the boy to Instagram Live.

In the video, the adults declare they are punishing Tyler for “still doing gay s__t”. They also appear to shave the word “gay” into his hair on the side of his head.

The video caused outrage and horror when it was widely shared online.

Abused 12-year-old is now in protective custody

The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services then stepped in. After identifying the boy they took him into protective care.

The three adults are now on remand in a Georgian prison.

Atlanta Police thanked the public for providing information to track down the trio and charge them.

“The behaviour in this social media post was difficult to watch and is absolutely unacceptable,” a spokesperson said.

“We are appreciative of the number of people who flagged this case with us.

“[We thank] those who provided information on the location where it took place.

“Our investigators worked hard to identify those involved and to gather the evidence needed to place each behind bars and we are thankful for their work.”

Local LGBTIQ advocates have also set up a crowdfunder to raise money to support the 12-year-old boy.

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Jordan Hirst
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1 Comment

  1. Peter Turner
    23 July 2021
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    I cannot believe a mother would participate in doing this to her child.

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