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Baby Launch Video Lands Teen Behind Bars

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A Georgia teen is facing child cruelty charges after an online video showed a young man launching a baby several feet across a room using an inflatable pillow.

The video posted on YouTube shows the boy putting a baby on one side of a large yellow pillow and then jumping on the pillow, sending the child flying several feet across the floor, where the baby lands and cries.

"He really had no explanation â?? just thought it would be funny to put it on YouTube," Col. Duane Sepp of the Lee County Sheriff's Office told FOX News. "It's all about, I guess, that five seconds of glory or whatever, and it's terrible it has to happen at the cost of an 8-month-old child."

Click here to watch the shocking video.

The 16-year-old Lee County boy was arrested Tuesday after a school teacher saw the video and called the sheriff's office. The boy's name was not released because of his age.

"This is going to be handled in juvenile court, although this has some detention time that can be placed on the juvenile offender," Sepp said. "The judge, I'm sure, is going to take this very seriously, and when the tape is shown I don't think it's going to be as funny as what he [the offender] originally thought it was."

The teen has been charged with a felony count of cruelty to children as well as a misdemeanor count of the same charge.

Sepp told FOX News that the teen who filmed the baby launch with his cell phone is not facing charges at this time.

"The investigation is ongoing," Sepp said. "This isn't over. We're still digging into it."

The video has since been removed from YouTube. The baby is OK, Sepp said.



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