Story By: Feza Uzay, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
Two teens are being investigated by the police after posting these videos of themselves laughing as they beat an orphan tot and make him inhale their second-hand smoke.
The alleged abuse of the toddler took place at the Kipelsky Orphanage in Russia’s Kurgan Oblast (region), said the Government of the Kurgan Oblast in a statement today, 15th November.
According to the statement, the abuse was carried out by two unidentified teenagers who posted the footage of the alleged abuse on social media themselves.
The clips showing the teens abusing and mocking the tot were widely shared online and eventually caught the attention of the authorities.
The Government of the Kurgan Oblast said: “The management of the institution conducted a swift investigation as soon as we became aware of the content posted on the social network.”
It added that measures have now been taken to protect the young child in the videos and the police are investigating the teens.
Anastasia Zolotukhin, the head of the Directorate of Social Welfare, described the incident as “unacceptable” and promised that “the perpetrators will be punished.”
In one of the videos, one teen appears to promise the little boy an orange, and as he stands up and reaches for it, the teen smacks him and he falls to the ground.
The two teens continue to tease the poor little boy and eventually give him some orange peel.
In the following video, the teen blows the smoke from his cigarette directly into the tot’s face and laughs as the distressed tot inhales.
It was reported that one of the teens was placed in a temporary detention centre for juvenile offenders by the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
The investigation is ongoing and no further information about the legal status of the teens was given.