The child did not suffer any injuries.
In Ohio, the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office has charges pending against Isaiah Jackson, 20, the man accused of kneeling on a child’s neck in a photo.
The sheriff’s office said a case against Jackson has been presented to the prosecutor’s office who will “provide a determination on the scope and breadth of the felony charges” that Jackson will face in the alleged incident, Clark County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Kristopher Shultz said in a media release. Investigators did not detail the charges Jackson might be charged with.
Deputies said an investigation was launched Tuesday after they were made aware of the photo, which shows a man with his knee on the back of a child’s neck. The child appears to be crying in the photo while a second person holds the child’s hands behind their back. The photo’s caption read “Blm now.”
Investigators made contact with the child, their mother, and Jackson. The child was transported to an area hospital for examination, however they did not suffer any injuries from the incident deputies said.
“Subsequent interview with the mother revealed that she was unaware of the photo having been taken, or its contents, until she had been informed by other parties,” Shultz said.
An investigation began as soon as the Clark County Sheriff’s Office received the photo two days ago.
The child’s grandmother found out about the photo on social media. It disgusted her, but it got worse when her daughter said the child is her grandchild:
“That little boy didn’t deserve none of that,” she told News Center 7′s Monica Castro on Wednesday night.
Sowers said the boy is with his dad, who took him to a hospital Tuesday to get checked out.
The boy is in good spirits, his grandmother said.
As for the male in the photo, who Sowers has learned is the new boyfriend of her son’s former girlfriend, she said: “I hope they all get what they deserve.”
Clark County Sheriff’s deputies have identified the man in the photo as 20-year-old Isaiah Jackson, who on Wednesday night remained in the Clark County Jail on a probation violation.
Earlier this week, Keriann C. Smith was “charged with felony child abuse for allegedly kneeling on her teenage son’s neck and asking the boy if he wanted to die like George Floyd” in Genoa City, WI.
She faces two charges: physical abuse of a child and strangulation/suffocation:
According to the complaint, Smith pinned her 14-year-old son to the floor and placed her knee on his throat, then invoked the name of George Floyd, a man whose May 25 death in similar circumstances with a Minneapolis police officer has stirred nationwide protests.
Smith allegedly asked her son: “Do you want to know how George Floyd died? He died something like this. Do you want to die just like him?”
She then allegedly told him: “Tell me you can’t breathe, tell me,” invoking a phrase uttered by Floyd — “I can’t breathe” — that has become a rallying cry for police brutality protesters in Wisconsin and elsewhere.
The teenager’s sister took a video of the alleged attack and gave it to the police.
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