Investigation underway after photo of legless toddler posted on social media

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (FTN) – A pair of local parents insist their child still has a leg after a photo appears to show it was cut off.

The photo was taken Monday morning in a southern Vigo County apartment.

The photo shows one-year-old Alex Essex stuck between his wall and a tricycle.

“It was just a funny photo. Then my wife noticed it looked like his leg was chopped off, so I posted it on social media,” Chris, the boys father said.

That post launched an investigation.

According to Sheriff Woody, it looked like the child was being mistreated.

“Sure, he is smiling. But he is stuck and missing a leg. We take that very seriously,” Woody said.

The parents say this whole investigation is stupid.

“Clearly, he has two legs,” the child’s mother, Ami said. “It was just the way the photo was taken. He’s frigging smiling.”

Police say the leg isn’t the only concern.

“He was stuck. And helpless,” Woody said.

We will continue to follow this investigation and bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.

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