​Beaten Georgia Inmate: Prison Officials Investigate As Mother Demands Answers Over Beaten Photo

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Apr, 2, 2015 | 8:16 PM

The mother of a Georgia inmate beaten while in prison is demanding answers after her a Facebook photo surfaced showing her teenage son tied up by his neck while serving time in prison, Fox News reports. Prison officials say they are still investigating, but there’s been growing criticism about the incident.

In the jarring photo, 18-year-old Cortez Berry, who was sentenced for a 2011 carjacking and robbery, is seen hunched down with a swollen eye in front of two shirtless young men, one who holds the end of a makeshift leash.

The photo is believed to have been taken by fellow inmates at Al Burruss Correctional Training Center before somehow uploaded to Facebook on Friday. Berry’s mother, Demetria Harris, is shocked by the picture.

“I was like oh my God! What happened? How’d it happen? It’s a terrifying picture to see.”

The beaten Georgia inmate’s aunt, Shavondria Wright, said she visited him on Saturday and asked him first-hand what happened, according to The Inquisitr.

“Ten people jumped on him and just kept beating him and they choked him to sleep. Pretty much they left him there for dead.”

It apparently happened at 3:15 p.m. but he was left unchecked by the guards until 9:45 p.m. that night, she said.

“They’re not being protected. I don’t care what they’re there for, they still need to be protected.”

Adding to the mother’s concern, the photo’s caption hints at it being gang-related as well.

“Wen yhu disrespect da nation..it bringz nuthin but pain & sufferingg..#wedntgettired #GDFOLK,” that Facebook caption read. The GDFOLK is suspected of standing for Gangster Disciples or G.D. Nation.

A spokesperson for the Georgia Department Corrections did not immediately return a request for comment by the media.

They previously told said that they’re aware of the incident and are investigating, notes Examiner. They also acknowledged that cell phones, like the one possibly used in this case, are illegal contraband at their facilities.

“We take very seriously our mission of protecting the public and running safe and secure facilities.”

The beaten Georgia inmate is still in the same prison, but there’s no update on his condition.

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