Florida prosecutors decided not to press criminal charges against a mother who was spotted in a viral Facebook video that shoved her 3-year-old son's head into the toilet.
The Leesburg Police Department said in a press release on Wednesday that the agency had launched an investigation into Kaitlyn Wolf on Saturday, after receiving complaints about a video posted on Facebook showing the mother of two holding her youngest child upside down. and wetting his head in the bathroom since his 10-year-old son registered the punishment.
In the course of the investigation, the police learned that the Department of Children and Families had investigated this incident last Thursday and had determined that it had not reached the level of child abuse.
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Screenshots of a cell phone video show Kaitlyn Wolf dipping the head of her three-year-old son in the bathroom of her Florida home. Prosecutors have opted not to press charges
The mother says she has received death threats on Facebook for this video
The police proceeded with their own independent criminal investigation and sent the Facebook video to the State Attorney's Office with a request for an arrest warrant for Wolf.
The prosecutor's office requested additional information, so the police department worked tirelessly over the weekend gathering more evidence, before submitting another request for the arrest warrant on Tuesday.
A child forensic interviewer spoke with Wolf's two sons in the presence of a police sergeant, a prosecutor and a DCF officer, and it was determined, according to the statement from the law enforcement agency, that he had "threatened" him. of mental damage & # 39; the two boys because of their mother's disciplinary measures.
However, the forensic interview could not show that there was physical abuse or negligence, which led the State Attorney's Office to decide not to file criminal charges.
"While we respect the decision of the State Prosecutor and the Forensic Team, this incident requires ongoing intervention for the welfare of the children involved," according to the press release. "We ask the Department of Children and Families to ensure that children remain safe and have a safety plan."
Wolf (in the photo with his little son) says that the boy was laughing and that he never ran any danger
The statement concluded by thanking all citizens concerned about raising the alarm about the disturbing Facebook video.
Wolf previously spoke with a local media, lamenting that she was bombarded with death threats and insisting that the video recording did not tell the whole story.
"It was a joke between the three of us," Wolf told the WFTV station, referring to her and her two children. & # 39; My children and I play rough. We put our heads in the toilet and rinsed them, and my oldest son was recording it. "
The mother of two explained that her three-year-old son blasphemed, so he initially decided to punish him by washing his mouth with soap and water.
But then he saw a movie that included a scene depicting the head of a child pushed into the toilet.
Wolf said he grabbed the child, held him over the toilet and dipped his head in the water, while his older son filmed him on video.
The recording shows the mother holding the child crying by the arms and submerging the head in the porcelain bowl.
Later, Wolf said he sent the video to a friend, jokingly presumed about his new way of disciplining his children.
Wolf (left and right) says that people have been bombarding her with threats, to the point that the police have sent officers out of their home to protect themselves
But the friend sent the video to the ex-girlfriend of Wolf's current boyfriend, who quickly shared it on social media.
Most of the Facebook users who watched the video failed to find the humor in the watery punishment of the child and contacted the Leesburg Police Department, urging them to intervene.
Wolf said that since the video has gone viral, he has been receiving death threats online, with strangers telling him that he should be shot and buried alive.
She said the harassment has gone so far that the police placed officers outside their home for protection.
According to the mother, who works as a medical assistant, her son was never in danger.
"His head was never underwater, his face never got wet," he insisted. "It's scary to think that I could lose my children because of a joke we played."
She continued: & # 39; It was just a game. I did not hurt him … he was laughing during the video. "
In an interview with WKMG, Wolf said that what the video does not show is that when he took the three-year-old girl out of the bathroom, he said: "Let's do it again."
Since then, Wolf has removed his Facebook account.
The mother of two said she was trying to discipline her son for using rude language