"They didn't come because the video," Ennisha Devers, 16, told KETV, Omaha, in an interview Thursday. "They came because of the gang violence and everything that happened with us."
Court records indicated relatives of the toddler seen in the video that went viral after it was posted on the police union's Facebook page allowed known gang members into their home repeatedly even after the state paid twice to help the family relocate over fears of gang activity.
After the toddler's grandmother, Kimberly Devers, was arrested on weapons charges in December, 19-year-old Kierra Johnson cared for the toddler and three other children.
Two days before the video went viral on the Omaha police union's Facebook page, authorities said Johnson reported to a caseworker she was having trouble with a relative who originally posted the video on the Internet. State caseworkers removed the children from the home.
The toddler and his mother were placed in state care, along with Ennisha Devers' 12- and 15-year-old siblings. Johnson's baby is also in protective custody.
In her interview with KETV, Ennisha Devers said she wasn't raising a future gang member and that her brother recorded the video while she was in another room.
"He was wrong for doing it -- posting the video up and getting us into a situation," she said.
"That video -- it wasn't me. It was a person that came in to my house and recorded it. Everybody that thinks I'm a bad mother, I'm not. I'm a good mother to my son. I teach him a lot, and he is very smart," she told the television station. "All that cussing that he did, he doesn't do that. Somebody told him to do that. My son doesn't do that. I don't allow it."