Judge makes custody decision about ‘toddler thug’


A judge has ruled that the Nebraska 2-year-old — called a “toddler thug” by the Omaha Police Officers Association — and gained infamy for using curse words and flipping his middle finger in a video, will be allowed to live with his mother.

An Omaha, Neb., juvenile court judge ruled Monday that the toddler and his mother would be placed with the same foster family. In the video, the diapered boy is taunted by adults into using profanity. The little boy also knocks down a chair and responds to some of the comments with a middle-finger salute.

The mother, now 17, and her son had been removed from their home and placed in protective custody after the video surfaced last week but officials said their removal had little to do with the video, CNN affiliate KETV in Omaha reported. Last week, the mother defended her son in an interview with KETV.

“He’s a smart little boy. All that cussing that he did, he doesn’t do that,” the mother said. “Somebody told him to do that. My son doesn’t do that. I don’t allow it.”

She said a friend of her brother filmed the video while she was in another room.

“He was wrong for doing that — posting the video up and getting us into this situation,” she said. “Everybody that thinks I’m a bad mother, I’m not. I’m a good mother to my son. I teach him a lot. He’s very smart.”

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