Toy Theft YouTube Video Sparks Death Threats
Indiana Man Claims Distant Relative Stole Toy Gun From His Son
GREENFIELD, Ind. -- A family feud playing out on YouTube has sparked death threats against an Indiana woman, local affiliate WRTV reported.
The squabble started when Greg Cox posted a video online that he said shows a distant relative, Delana Ward, stealing a toy gun from his son at a recent Christmas party.
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The video shows Ward taking some wrapping paper, covering a toy gun and taking it away, Cox said.
"I posted it online so the family would know next time something came up missing at one of their parties," he said.
Ward denies stealing the gun, saying the boy was being obnoxious and pointing the gun at her son, so she took it and put it away.
The family quarrel quickly went global, with more than 42,000 people viewing the clip as of Thursday, and leaving dozens of comments on the site.
Ward said she's received a barrage of death threats and insults against her and her family since the video hit the Web.
"People are coming to my home, they're telling me they are going to rape me, murder me, sodomize my children," she said.
Cox said he bought a new toy gun for his son, even though an offer was made to give the original back. He said he wants an apology from Ward.
When asked if he would feel badly if something happened to Ward as a result of the video, Cox said, "The actions of strangers are exactly that."
Hendricks County Prosecutor Pat Baldwin said her office is looking into the case.
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