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Viral video leads to child cruelty arrest

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Contralus Lenard Brown and Kasheika Thomas were both charged with cruelty to a child and reckless conduct. Contralus Lenard Brown and Kasheika Thomas were both charged with cruelty to a child and reckless conduct.
Kasheika Thomas at her first appearance Kasheika Thomas at her first appearance
Contralus Lenard Brown at his first appearance Contralus Lenard Brown at his first appearance
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Video of a staged fight that shows a man dressed as a woman shoving a 17 month old to the ground with his foot. It was posted on Facebook and has created controversy.

Contralus Lenard Brown, 26, and Kasheika Thomas, 22, who is the child's mother, were charged with cruelty to a child and reckless conduct.

Brown, who is a female impersonator, was also charged with simple battery. Police say the two seen in the video are brother and sister, and they're now facing multiple charges.

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Brown and Kasheika made their first appearance before a judge this morning. Police say Brown is a comedian and dressed in women's clothing to stage the fight with Thomas.

Brown has put several staged fighting videos on Facebook, but Police say by shoving the one-year-old baby to the ground with his foot, the comedian went too far.

"We do take it very seriously," said Officer Jon Segroves of APD. "We've gotten calls from out of state and many locations in reference to the severity of this and the people that don't see any comic humor in it."

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Police also say they're looking for the person who recorded the stunt as the investigation remains active.

Bonds were not set for Thomas or Brown during the hearing.

They both face felony child cruelty charges.

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