CHICO, Calif. —The Butte County Sheriff's Office continues its investigation Friday into an incident caught on camera Thursday morning.
Action News Now obtained cellphone video taken by an eyewitness to the scene. The shaky video shows officers surrounding 8-year-old Kayden, who is seated on the ground, barefoot. The eyewitness can be heard arguing with authorities, demanding the handcuffs be removed from the child's wrists. Kayden can be heard wailing in the background.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says his office is still gathering all evidence but did speak to some of the events that led up to the moment caught on camera. He explained that officers spotted the boy Thursday morning walking down East 20th Avenue, looking anxious. It appeared the boy was alone, although it was later found that he had wandered off his school campus at Chapman Elementary, and was being followed by the principal. A total of five authorities, which included at least two sheriff deputies and two Chico police officers, were present at the scene. When deputies attempted to approach the boy, we are told they became concerned the child would dart into traffic.
Kayden's mother Meagan tells Action News Now that Chapman Elementary staff were following a special protocol established between the family and the school. Kayden, we are told, has an anti-social disorder. His mother adds that when authorities approached Kayden, school officials brought up the child's mental disability. This is not the first time, we are told that Kayden has wandered off campus.
Honea says that officers were called to the scene to ensure the child's safety. Authorities attempted different methods to keep the child restrained and away from the street, with one deputy even getting scratched, Honea tells us. The handcuffs were a last resort. Authorities believed that Kayden could still hurt himself if left in the patrol car.
The Butte County Sheriff's Office shared with Action News Now, that the child's father plans to press charges. Sheriff Honea says he will continue to investigate the evidence, which includes bodycam video from authorities on the scene that morning.
We will continue to follow this story and provide additional updates when they arise.
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