COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio mother who apparently felt she had come up with an ingenious alternative to “whooping” her busy toddler while she tried to clean has been charged with a felony, reports ABC 6.
And her Facebook Live video is causing outrage.
Shayla Rudolph, 18, allegedly took a nearly 20-minute video of her whimpering 2-year-old taped to the wall by his head and arms, during which she told him, “You got the best mommy in the whole wide world,” reminded him he could still see the TV from his place on the wall, threatened to add more packing tape if he kept crying, and told her viewers, “Parents don’t need to whoop the kids; all you gotta do is tape them to the wall.”
The boy’s mouth appears to be taped shut as well.
One concerned Facebook viewer immediately filed a complaint with Franklin County Children’s Services after the video was posted earlier this month and authorities contacted Rudolph. She claimed the whole thing was just a joke.
She then posted a follow-up video explaining she would just have him sit in a corner moving forward, but later added it was her kid and she could hang him upside down if that’s what she wanted to do.
Rudolph was arrested Thursday and charged with third-degree felony abduction, and Children’s Services took her son. The New York Daily News reports the department has yet to speak publicly, citing privacy and security regulations.
(This mom’s 12-year-old boy was found in a bathroom weighing 30 pounds.)
This article originally appeared on Newser: Teen Mom Allegedly Streams Live Video of Toddler Taped to Wall
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