Parents say they are “stressed” about the safety of their children after police released a chilling video of a child in a wheelchair being thrown to the ground.
The video, which has since been removed, showed the boy being thrown in the back of a pickup truck after the boy’s mother reported him missing in August.
The man in the truck, who is not identified in the video, then allegedly tried to run over the boy.
The truck driver then allegedly fled the scene.
“I’m not a father, I don’t want my kids to be scared by something like that,” the mother, who asked that her name not be published, told ABC News in an interview.
The mother and her son, both in their 30s, said they don’t know the man, who the video shows running from the truck.
“It’s hard to trust a person when you know they’re hiding something,” she said.
“When I saw the video I was worried that it could have been a hoax.”
Police in Illinois have charged the driver with two counts of child abuse, one count of aggravated child abuse and one count each of child neglect and aggravated criminal trespass.
In addition to the child in the wheelchair, police also released photos and video of the man who is seen in the footage being led away by officers.
The videos, which have since been taken down, were released after a mother and child spoke to ABC News.
Police said they found a video that appears to show the man throwing the boy in the front of the pickup truck, with his hands up.
The child was later identified as Brandon Jones, an 18-year-old who was last seen on July 30 at his home in Rockford, Illinois.
He is believed to be a victim of abuse, police said.
The boy was also identified as having autism, according to police.
“This is something we are really concerned about,” Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told reporters in a statement.
“We know that children do suffer from some of the same issues as adults, and we want to make sure that we take the right steps to protect those children from harm.”
Chicago police have identified the suspect, but have not identified the child.
In the video released Friday, the woman who made the complaint says that her son was playing with his toy truck when she saw him hit the boy on the head with a wooden paddle.
She says she grabbed her 9-year old son and pushed him to the side, telling him to stop playing.
“He started crying, and I was like, ‘What the fuck?'” she said in the clip, which was released Friday afternoon.
“My son was crying, he was shaking, he didn’t understand what was going on.”
The mother, the boy and their children are seen crying, sitting on a porch, and then running out of the house.
Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News seeking comment.
The Associated Press reported on Monday that police in Illinois had released the names of three suspects, all of whom they said were minors, who they said had been charged with assault, child abuse or neglect.
A fourth suspect, who police did not identify, was later arrested.
“These videos have been released and now the investigation is in full swing,” Chicago Police Superintendent Garry Marshall told reporters on Monday.
“All we can do is hope that these young people get the help they need and we will work with them to get them back on track.”
The suspect who has been identified as the boy who was hit by the truck is a 17-year age male who is described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds and with brown hair.
Police are investigating whether the man is the same man who was arrested in Rockfeller in Illinois, according.