More disturbing facts are emerging about the family at the center of the so called "thug video" controversy.
And they are worse than even we suspected.
According to news reports:
-The child was actually the victim of a recent shooting.
-The child is two years old and has finally been taken into protective custody.
- The child's father is dead. The victim of apparent gang homicide at the tender age of 17.
-The child's 16 year old mother - who said she wasn't aware of the video (listen to her voice and you decide) - has also been taken into protective custody. She has been the victim of a recent shooting herself. (Note- CPS could easily engage a voice recognition expert as part of their investigation)
- The child's 38 year old grandmother - a felon - is currently in jail charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
- The child's grandfather - a three time convict - is currently in prison for drug and felony gun charges.
- The family has close ties to Omaha gang activity.
- The residence was the focus of recent gang raid.
- The state has tried to relocate the family numerous times, but the family continuously refused to ban gang members from access to their home and children.
Despite all of this, the state did not remove the child UNTIL this video infuriated law abiding citizens by giving them a glimpse into the terrifying deadly cycle that this child is trapped it.
Without the intense public attention, it's fair to conclude - based on the past - that the child would probably still be in that home today.
This is all too real folks.
Don't allow race, politics or emotion to distract us from the central issue.
This is 100% about a criminal culture, a cycle of poverty, a cycle of lack of education , a cycle of lack of parenting and - dare we say "a thug cycle" - that is literally killing families and crushing the futures of innocent children across Omaha.
Just look at how much we we have learned over the past few moths alone.
First the story of Nikko Jenkins
Next the Levering family story... and now this.
There are MORE families like this out there folks.
Cops see them every day.
They need help.
They need intervention.
These cycles must be broken.
These children deserve better.