Alexis Breeden, 18, surrendered to the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office after a felony warrant was issued for her arrest in connection with a social media photo depicting her weeping 14-month-old baby hanging in the air and hanging from a hook by his twisted t-shirt.
The photo shows her small boy hanging from a door frame hook by his shirt, which is firmly wrapped around his neck, as he is plainly scared, wailing, and uneasy. After the former lovers argued, the boy’s father uploaded the photograph shot by Breeden online as a means of retaliation.
The photograph quickly went viral on Facebook, as viewers were shocked to see the distraught and fearful youngster dangling in the air. After multiple individuals shared the photograph of the small child on the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, the image caught the eye of the local sheriff’s office.
According to Sgt. James Konicki of CBS6, an investigation revealed that the toddler was dangling from a plant hook rather than a nail, as initially assumed. A warrant was quickly issued for Breeden’s arrest. Through the child victim unit, they assigned it to a criminal investigation detective. When she responded, she conducted an investigation and discovered that the child was hanging from a planter hook rather than a nail, Sgt. Konicki added. But the child was completely fine, he continued.
The baby’s father and mother had an argument, and in revenge, the father posted this on Facebook to get the mother in trouble, Konicki said, noting that the child’s father was not engaged in the alleged assault. Breeden, on the other hand, is charged with felony child abuse but was freed on $2,500 bail.
Surprisingly, this isn’t Breeden’s first run-in with the authorities. In reality, she had just pleaded guilty to an assault and violence charge against a family member. She was compelled to complete anger management lessons and undergo a mental health exam after assaulting her mother. She also broke a court order and was due in court on a second case after violating a protection order.
Breeden, who is eighteen, hit out at critics in a Facebook post on her own page. She wrote “The cops came to my house twice last night and saw that he was fine. They think this was immature and dumb of me but he saw I was playing and no one needs to know everything going on because some of you aren’t parents and no one knows the full story. Mind your own f****** business”
Breeden’s tone, however, has subsequently shifted. She regrets taking the photograph, and even putting him up there. She really does, Breeden said, adding that she adores her kid and would go to any length to ensure his well-being. She did not do anything, and will never do anything to harm her son. Her son was not harmed in any way, Breeden said after calling CBS6 to clarify the situation after seeing multiple remarks on social media sites criticizing her and her parenting abilities. It was only meant to be a joke. Write it down in his baby book, Breeden demanded.
Sgt. Konicki, on the other hand, does not find it amusing. It’s heartbreaking, he remarked. One never wishes to watch a youngster suffer. It’s more difficult to deal with than if it were an adult. Breeden’s kid was apparently put in the care of another family member, and the mother was only permitted to meet with the child under supervision until the conclusion of the felony child abuse case against her.
Whether it’s a joke or not, when someone smaller than you, particularly someone who relies on you to safeguard them from danger, begins to weep and seems to be uneasy, you stop what you’re doing—and you don’t snap a photo. The picture is as unsettling as the lack of common sense and respect for a tiny kid. As I often tell my own children, jokes aren’t supposed to be humorous. If your victim is in tears as a result of your joke, you know it’s not funny.