WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 20-year-old mother from North Carolina was held on charges of child abuse after assisting her 1-year-old daughter smoke marijuana in viral videos.
- The video, which garnered millions of views online, showed the hand of an adult holding a joint to the girl’s lips and let the child puff on it.
- Concerned social media users alerted the police on Wednesday after two videos of the child smoking went viral.
In addition to child abuse, Brianna Ashanti Lofton, the child’s mother, was also charged with marijuana possession and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
One of the viral videos showed an adult’s hand off-screen holding what appears to be a ‘cigarillo’ to the baby’s lips. It looks like the child inhaled and puffed smoke before looking at the adult.
According to the warrant, Lofton inflicted harm to her daughter by having her inhale marijuana smoke from a blunt more than once. The video was recorded between Dec. 1 and Jan. 31. The child has been placed in the care of Wake County Child Protective Services.
A Wake County judge set the mother’s bond at $100,000 on Thursday’s hearing. Lofton was also ordered to have no contact with the child.
A higher bond has been asked by a prosecutor noting Lofton has previous separate charges that include marijuana possession and simple assault.
Caroline Elliot, a public defender, noted those were only misdemeanors. Elliot also noted her client stays with her mother and grandmother and is trying to get her high school equivalency diploma.
Raleigh police said they were flooded with alerts about the video. The department posted their appreciation on Facebook on Wednesday.
“Big thanks to everyone who posted information about the smoking mother and baby,” department officials said. “Thanks to your willingness to get involved, the child is now safe and the mother is in police custody.”
Source: New York Post