A lawyer for the family of a 9-year-old Massachusetts boy who appears in sexually suggestive rap videos is criticizing authorities' investigation into whether the boy is the victim of possible child abuse or neglect.

The lawyer says Luie Rivera Jr., who goes by the stage name Lil Poopy, is a well-adjusted fourth grader with a good home life, good grades and musical talent.

On Sunday, Brockton police asked state child welfare officials to look into possible abuse after watching Lil Poopy videos following a feature story about him in local newspaper. A Department of Children and Families spokeswoman confirms that officials are investigating whether the boy is being properly cared for.

The family's attorney, Joseph Krowski Jr., says the investigation is "racially-tinged." He says whoever watched the videos and reported them to authorities "probably doesn't understand rap."