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Toddler in ‘thug’ video will remain with mother, judge rules

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Posted at 11:44 AM, Jan 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-13 13:44:31-05

By CNN Staff

(CNN) — The 2-year-old who gained attention after a video of him swearing went viral will remain with his teenage mother, a judge ruled Monday.

An Omaha 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 and cursed at by adults, who coax him into using crude words.

The toddler knocks down a chair and responds to some of the comments with a middle-finger salute.

Police union in Omaha, Nebraska, posted the clip on its website to highlight what it called the “cycle of violence and thuggery” the community faces.

Last week, the mother defended her son in an interview with CNN affiliate KETV. CNN does not identify juveniles in such stories.

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

CNN’s Shawn Nottingham, Matt Smith, Faith Karimi, Casey Wian and Jack Hannah contributed to this report.

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