LOCHBUIE, Colorado – A child seen being abused in a video shared widely on social media is now in protective custody and his mother in jail.
A Lochbuie woman identifying herself only as Sue, said she reported the abuse to police nine days after recording Katrina Flores-Kennedy on April 30.
The dark, cell phone video is disturbing. The screams of who Lochbuie police believe is Flores-Kennedy can be heard yelling at her toddler son about a lost phone charger.
The boy, wearing a t-shirt and diaper, can be seen crying as his mother yells at him and hits him.
Sue did not want to appear on camera or give her full name, fearing for her safety after posting the video.
“I was only trying to help. I know everybody’s seen (it), and everybody’s making it like I’m a monster for recording it, but they don’t understand the situation and the circumstances,” she said.
Sue explained she didn’t step in to help the child out of fear and did what she thought was best.
“She was still in my home. I was scared. I was terrified. I didn’t know what to do,” she said.
Flores-Kennedy and her son were temporarily staying in Sue’s home at the time. Now, the boy is in protective custody but only after Sue said she posted the video online when she didn’t think police were taking action to protect the child.
Sue’s sister said the family is getting death threats.
“It’s extremely hard. People don’t know the emotional effects that we’re going through being the ones who put it out there. But nobody wanted to see that baby hurt anymore and if this is what it takes, so what if the world hates us. At least that baby is saved,” her sister said.
The 27-year-old mother is charged with three counts of child abuse.
She appeared in court by jailhouse video Thursday afternoon. A judge ordered a $3,000 bond, and is keeping Flores-Kennedy from contacting her son or anyone under the age of 18. She will be back in court next Friday.
The woman who recorded the video was also cited for child abuse. Late Wednesday night around 10:40 p.m., Lochbuie police officers wrote Sue a citation. She said she will fight those charges.
DA investigating Facebook video of alleged
Weld County, Colorado – Authorities are investigating a video posted on Facebook that allegedly shows a Colorado toddler being abused.
Several people emailed the video to Denver7 concerned about the welfare of the child.
Denver police told Denver7 that detectives investigated the video Tuesday, determined the incident happened in Lochbuie and contacted authorities there.
Aurora police said its detectives also investigated. They posted on Facebook, “APD began investigating this as soon as we were made aware of the video and discovered that this act of abuse did not take place in Aurora and that it occurred in Weld County.”
Lochbuie Police Chief told Denver7, “The case has been forwarded to the district attorney’s office for prosecution.”
Police were unable to release the child’s age or current situation.
“We ask that if you have access to this video that you do not share it on social media to respect the privacy of the young victim in this case,” Aurora police said.
Denver7 is not sharing the video, or the names of those involved, to protect the child and the child’s identity.
College of Pediatricians Calls Transgender Ideology ‘Child Abuse’
The American College of Pediatricians warns educators and legislators that “a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex” is dangerous for children.
In a strongly worded statement issued today, the professional association of pediatricians says “a person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking.” It describes such thinking as problem that exists in the mind and not the body and “it should be treated as such.”
The college of pediatricians is joining a heated debate that increasingly pits concerned parents against school teachers, administrators, legislators, and transsexual advocates who are pushing the trans agenda in grade-schools, city governments, state governments, and the federal government.
A wave of “non-discrimination” bills are appearing around the country that require public women’s restrooms to accommodate men who think they are women and even those who consider themselves “gender non-binary,” that is, men who appear to be men but who say there are neither male or female.
The American College of Pediatricians will release a full statement this summer. The statement released today explains, “human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: ‘XY’ and ‘XX’ are genetic markers of health — not genetic markers of a disorder.”
The statement goes on:
The exceedingly rare disorders of sex development (DSDs), including but not limited to testicular feminization and congenital adrenal hyperplasia, are all medically identifiable deviations from the sexual binary norm, and are rightly recognized as disorders of human design. Individuals with DSDs do not constitute a third sex.
The statement points out that such gender confusion should be treated as a psychological disorder called “gender dysphoria” and is “a recognized mental disorder in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-V).”
The group is most concerned about the regimen of drugs that are given to children to block puberty. “Children who use puberty blockers to impersonate the opposite sex will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence. Cross-sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen) are associated with dangerous health risks including but not limited to high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke and cancer.”
Rates of suicide among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex change reassignment surgery are “twenty times greater” than the rest of the population even in such trans-friendly places as Sweden.
The doctors argue that “Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.”
New DPS board member once convicted of
DENVER, CO – The newest board member for Denver Public Schools was once convicted of child abuse, according to court documents obtained by 9NEWS.
MiDian Holmes, the newly appointed board director for northeast Denver and DPS Board President Anne Rowe spoke exclusively to 9NEWS reporter Noel Brennan Wednesday afternoon at the district’s headquarters.
“I guess the best way to put it, is my biggest nightmare as a parent happened,” Holmes said, describing a November 2005 incident involving her then two-year-old daughter.
Holmes said she was getting ready for work when her daughter wandered out of the apartment. Holmes said she discovered her child was missing and noticed her front door was cracked open. She said she went outside to look for her child.
“A neighbor saw me panicked and looking – she saw the panic in my eyes and she came to me,” Holmes described. “She said, ‘Do you have a daughter?’ And I said, ‘Yes’ and she said, ‘I found her and I took her to the leasing office.’”
Holmes said police were called and she was charged with “wrongs to minors,” a violation of Denver city code. Court records obtained by 9NEWS show the case was dismissed and Holmes was ordered to take parenting classes and sentenced to one year of probation.
“I wanted to move forward. I wanted to move on,” Holmes said. “I wanted to, you know, put this behind me and raise my kids, and I did.”
School Board President Anne Rowe said Holmes disclosed details of the 2005 incident during the application process.
“MiDian was very up-front and candid with regard to the situation that happened approximately 10 years ago with her daughter,” Rowe said.
However, court records obtained by 9NEWS showed a separate 2006 case in which Holmes pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child abuse charge. The records showed a jail sentence of 15 days was imposed and Holmes’ probation was extended six months.
Holmes denied that the 2006 case was separate.
“The case would have to be related to the situation that took place with my daughter,” Holmes said, adding “I’ve never been to jail.”
Holmes later clarified that she spent 16 hours in jail after failing to appear in court for a traffic ticket.
School Board President Anne Rowe said she couldn’t comment on the 2006 child abuse case.
“I can’t really speak to that right now,” she said. “I am comfortable in the decision we made.”
A spokeswoman for Denver Public Schools also addressed a typo in a press release sent out Tuesday which stated MiDian Holmes graduated from the University of Denver.
According to DU, Holmes attended two quarters at the university but did not graduate. Nancy Mitchell, DPS chief communication officer, clarified Wednesday that Holmes received a degree from National Association of Credit Management.
On Wednesday, Denver Public Schools sent out the following statement:
While we have directly responded to a number of inquiries today regarding our newly selected board member, MiDian Holmes, we would like to take this opportunity to respond in writing. Prior to Ms. Holmes being appointed to the board seat representing Northeast Denver, she informed board members about a situation in which she was accused of neglecting her 2-year-old daughter. Here is what she shared with board members:
When this occurred more than a decade ago, Ms. Holmes was the single mother of three young children under the age of 10. After seeing her two oldest children off for the day, and while her young daughter was sleeping, Ms. Holmes showered in preparation for her work day. When she emerged from the bathroom, she discovered her daughter was no longer in bed and the apartment door was ajar. She ran outside to search for her child and a neighbor, noticing her frantic searching, let her know that she had found the young girl and had taken her to the leasing office of the apartment complex. Ms. Holmes went to the office and was told they had contacted police; police had picked up the girl. Ms. Holmes was charged with neglecting her daughter in the case. She was unable to afford an attorney but did not meet the income requirements to qualify for a public defender. She represented herself and, after a discussion with the prosecuting attorney, agreed to plead guilty. She was eager to put the situation behind her and move forward with her family. Ms. Holmes was sentenced to parenting classes and she satisfactorily completed the requirement. At no time did Ms. Holmes inaccurately respond to questions on the board member application or questionnaire. She also did not represent on her resume that she graduated from the University of Denver; she simply indicated she had attended the school. The press release from the DPS Office of Communications incorrectly stated she was a DU graduate.
Holmes was selected from nine finalists to complete the four-year term vacated by Landri Taylor who resigned in February. Landri’s term is set to expire in 2017.
During a special meeting Tuesday, the DPS Board of Education announced Holmes as the new Board Director for northeast Denver. She is set to be sworn in at the Board of Education work session Monday, April 18.