A video showing a baby left unattended at a Chinese buffet in Ohio has sparked a social media outcry.
Shannon Culley, from Sandusky, Ohio, was eating at the China Dragon Buffet restaurant near his house when he noticed a couple get up and leave their baby in a carrier in a booth while they went to get food.
Culley started filming, claiming the pair were gone for four minutes. He posted the video to his Facebook account which was then quickly circulated, receiving over 4 million views, and came to the attention of police, reports Daily Mail.
The Perkins Township Police Department launched an investigation into whether the video is evidence of child endangering.
‘Can we say because the parent walked out of the screen shot of this video and left the child unattended in the booth that there was a significant risk of injury to that child? I’m not sure we can,’ Chief Ken Klamar told the station.
The mother of the child told police that the video was shot to deliberately keep her out of the frame, and that she was not far from the booth.
‘She alleges the person who took it intentionally moved the camera, if you will, in a way that she wouldn’t be seen on it to make it look worse than what it was,’ Klamar said.
Culley removed the video from his Facebook as the debate continued to rage.
It is unclear whether any charges will be brought against the parents, but Erie County Children Services has opened an investigation.
The parents have not been identified.
Police said that Culley would have been better just calling 911, rather than taking a video.
‘Especially when we’re talking about a child and the welfare of a child, call the police,’ Klamar said.
Really? Can we seriously ridicule these parents? I think this is totally ridiculous.
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