Prison guards charged with cruelty for playing Baby Shark to 'teach inmates a lesson'

By WWJ Newsradio 950

(WWJ) Baby Shark is one of those things where if you know, you know. Many parents have endured the chirpy tune over and over.

But it turns out the song can be used to "cruel" ends as well.

Newsweek is reporting that Oklahoma City prison guards Christian Miles and Greg Butler Jr. were charged this week with misdemeanor offenses including cruelty to prisoners, corporal punishment to an inmate and conspiracy, for allegedly making inmates listen to hours and hours of "Baby Shark."

Supervisor Christopher Raymond Hendershott, 50, of Wellston, was charged for allegedly not stopping it when Miles and Butler allegedly left four inmates in a room at times in November and December 2019 while "Baby Shark" played loudly on a loop.

"The men were ordered to stand with their hands cuffed behind them and attached to a wall, and at least two of the men were subjected to the inhumane treatment for two hours straight," Newsweek reported.

Court affidavits obtained by Buzzfeed show that Miles and Butler's defense is that they meant no harm.

Their defense says they turned on the song as a joke and to "teach the inmates a lesson" following bad behavior in the jail. 

Oklahoma isn't buying it. 

David Prater, the Oklahoma district attorney who conducted the investigation, told The Oklahoman he wished he could change the charge from a misdemeanor to a felony.

Apparently, there is no such felony for playing music so annoying that it's torture.

"It was unfortunate that I could not find a felony statute to fit this fact scenario," Prater said. "I would have preferred filing a felony on this behavior."

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