An 18-year-old mother, identified as Alexis, turned herself into the Sheriff’s Office after a felony warrant was issued for her arrest. The warrant was a result of a distressing photo that surfaced on social media, showing her 14-month-old son in tears.
The image quickly gained attention as it circulated on various social media platforms, leaving viewers shocked and concerned for the frightened toddler. Multiple individuals reported the picture to the local sheriff’s office, leading to an investigation.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the photo depicted the young child hanging from a hook in a door frame, with his shirt tightly wrapped around his neck. The child appeared visibly distressed, crying, and uncomfortable. It was revealed that the photo was taken by Alexis and subsequently posted online by the child’s father as an act of revenge following an argument between the parents.
Sergeant Konicki of the Sheriff’s Office clarified that an investigation discovered the child had been hanging from a plant hook rather than a nail, as initially suspected. Although the incident was distressing, the child did not sustain any physical harm. A warrant for Alexis’ arrest was swiftly issued, and she now faces felony child abuse charges.
Konicki explained that the father’s intention in sharing the photo was to incriminate the mother, but he was not involved in the alleged abuse. Meanwhile, Alexis was released on a $2,500 bond. It is worth noting that this is not Alexis’ first encounter with the law. Prior to this incident, she had pleaded guilty to assault and battery against a family member. As a result, she underwent anger management classes and a mental health evaluation. Additionally, she had violated a court order and was scheduled to appear in court on a separate charge related to violating a protective order.
Speaking to a local media outlet, Alexis expressed regret for taking the photo and acknowledged the mistake of putting her son in that position. She emphasized her love for her child and her commitment to ensuring his well-being. Despite the negative criticism she faced on social media, Alexis vehemently denied any intent to harm her son, describing the photo as a misguided attempt at humor. She insisted that her son was unharmed and that it was merely meant to be a lighthearted joke for his baby book.
This story resurfaces amid recent reports highlighting an increase in child abuse cases in the United States during the pandemic.