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Ex-guards who punished inmates with 'Baby Shark' sentenced to probation, fines

By NICK GARCIA Published Apr 11, 2023 6:22 pm

Two ex-guards from Oklahoma who forced inmates to listen to Baby Shark for hours in 2019 were sentenced to probation and fines.

Local outlet KOKH News reported that Christian Miles and Gregory Butler pled no contest to several charges.

Prosecutors had said that Miles and Butler, who are in their 20s, handcuffed inmates and forced them to stand in a "stress" position for hours. The popular children's song was then played loudly on repeat.

They were slapped with a $200 fine (P10,900) each and will be under probation for two years. They've also been banned from working in law enforcement ever.

In October 2020, misdemeanor cruelty charges were filed against Miles and Butler, as well as their supervisor Christopher Raymond Hendershott.

Hendershott, 50, supposedly knew about his men's actions but did nothing to stop them.

The Associated Press reported that following an internal investigation, Miles and Butler resigned while Hendershott retired.

Baby Shark became hugely popular in 2018 after South Korean educational entertainment company Pinkfong released its first video online.

The song, which featured repetitive lyrics and a "Doo doo doo doo doo doo" hook, became a meme.

It has over 12 billion views on YouTube as of writing.