Florida man appears to kick child down ramp, video goes viral

Kona Skate Park
Kona Skate Park

ARLINGTON, FL (WJXT/CNN) – The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is investigating an incident that happened at an Arlington skate park.

A newsroom in Florida was flooded with calls and e-mails this weekend about this Instagram video that has gone viral.

It shows a father apparently kicking his child down a ramp at a 13-foot-high skateboard park.

When WJXT called Kona Skate Park, they were told that the incident did happen at their park and they told the child who shot the video and his parents to call police and child services.

The owner says they were first made aware of the incident Friday night at 11 p.m.

“My first initial reaction was no way. I couldn’t believe that somebody would do that to a child but much less their kid,” parent Jamie Strong said.

Strong skates at Kona State Park. His kids don’t skate.

The owner here says he’s known Marcus Crossland and his son who is nicknamed ‘Dino the Dinosaur’ for years.

“It’s hard to look at. You see something like that and it takes your breathe away,” Crossland said.

The skate park owner tells us that the ramp is 13 feet from the top all the way down to the bottom.

The skate park owner, Martin Ramos, says Dino the Dinosaur luckily wasn’t injured on the ramp known as Big Brown.

“Dino is just a super cool little kid. He’s a really good skateboarder. Well known….around at all the events he’s been in the newspaper before,” Ramos said.

He says it seems Crossland and his son had a good relationship.

He says Crossland won’t be allowed back at the skate park.

But Dino can come back with another adult to supervise him.

Because of the viral video, DCF is now looking into the family.

“The Florida Dept. of Children and Families is thoroughly investigating this case. Not just the incident that happened but also to see if there’s any other concern regarding the family and this home and any other children in this home,” John Harrell, DCF said.

Harrell says DCF is speaking with the father, the son, and other people who know the family.

And WJXT learning more about what is considered abuse.

“This is unacceptable behavior. abuse is legally defined as any maltreatment of children that causes bruises, injuries, causes any physical scars as well. That’s abuse,” Harrell said.

DCF tells WJXT they can’t comment if the child has been removed from the home or if the child will be removed from the home.

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