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Charge Filed After Disturbing Playground Video Emerges in Pittsb - KOAM TV 7

Charge Filed After Disturbing Playground Video Emerges in Pittsburg

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UPDATE (5/24/2018):  The 15-year-old suspect in the video has been charged with aggravated battery.  The Crawford County Attorney's Office says the charge was filed today.

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(5/23/2018)

Some Pittsburg residents are outraged after video surfaces, showing what appears to be an assault on a playground. 

A Warning:  The video included with this story is disturbing.

Residents say it would be upsetting to learn any person was assaulted.  But in this case, police say the victim is a mentally challenged man.  Police say the crime happened at a park designed for the developmentally disabled.

We asked Pittsburg resident Jazmine Thomas if what happened makes her more hesitant to visit this park.  "Yes," said Thomas.  "Because if it was my child..."

...If this was your child...

"Very long hour at least before I went to bed when I got the video and trying to process, OK, where do we need to go with this," says Pittsburg City Manager Daron Hall.

Video shows a boy at Schlanger Park hitting and apparently chocking the man who Pittsburg police say is mentally challenged.

"The fact that he was holding his head down like this (in a fetal position)," says Thomas.  "There were no adults here?  You see the adults here, right (pointing to areas around Schlanger Park)?  But nobody stopped it."

"The investigation is still ongoing," says Brent Narges with the Pittsburg Police Department.  "Those who were not in the video, that portion of the investigation is still ongoing to speak with those particular individuals."

The boy's mom gave us a written statement, saying in part that she's not offering us an excuse for her son's actions.  The mom says this man kicked her two-year-old grandbaby.  According to the mom, her son is on medication for disorders that cause temper issues.  Nonetheless, she wrote, "His actions are not being tolerated and are currently being handled."

"The people who need to get a lot of credit here is the community.  They really stepped up and said not in my community," says Hall.

"So what are we going to do to come together?  Because this generation now, we're about making things go viral and making things get likes (Facebook).  We need to educate our kids on, that's not cool," says Thomas.

  Police have requested aggravated battery and assault against a dependent man charges against the boy.  We've reached out to the victim but have gotten no response.

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