A man from Choctaw, Oklahoma posted a clip of him “potty training” a boy by allegedly pouring hot sauce down the child’s pants before rubbing more hot sauce on the child’s face. The clip is captioned, “potty training 101.” The child in the video screams and cries, and appears to be in pain.
A concerned mother, Shana Honeycutt, posted the clip publicly to Facebook after seeing it on Snapchat, and in doing so Honeycutt prompted a police investigation as well as an investigation with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, according to News 9.
“It's abuse. You don't potty train by pouring hot sauce down a baby's pants and wiping it all over the face,” Honeycutt said.
The mother said she was distraught after watching the clip.
“As soon as I saw it, I was literally shaking and crying," Honeycutt told KFOR.
As for the victim’s mother, who can be seen on the couch in the clip, she claimed the video isn’t as bad as it looks. The mother posted the video and wants to remain anonymous. According to News 9, she has been receiving death threats as a backlash to the video.
“You can see that nothing went down his pants, and nothing was in his mouth,” the mother said, adding that slowing down the clip will show that nothing abusive happened.
“The video was played out to be something it wasn't. My son, I would never put him in harm's way,” she told News 9, claiming that her son was fine and laughing after the video was recorded.
Casey White with the Department of Human Services did not comment on this case specifically but did encourage the public to report any videos on social media that look like they could contain child abuse. She told KFOR that providing them with the name of the person who posted the original clip as well as a screenshot or a recording of that clip would be helpful.