RALEIGH, NC — Police arrested a young mother after a video posted to Facebook apparently depicted an adult getting a one-year-old baby to smoke marijuana.
The 10-second clip depicts a one-year-old baby in a car seat. An adult hand comes into view holding what police maintain is a lit marijuana cigarette. The grown-up holds the cigarette to the baby’s lips. The baby takes a drag on the cigarette and exhales a puff of smoke.
After the video went viral and numerous viewers contacted authorities, officers arrested marijuana mom Brianna Ashanti Lofton, age 20.
Lofton has been charged with two counts of felony child abuse, contributing to delinquency, and possession of marijuana.
The Raleigh Police Department has officially thanked the public for help, stating:
“Thanks to your willingness to get involved, the child is now safe and the mother is in police custody.”
The baby has been placed in the care of Wake County Child Protective Services.
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Main photos: Brianna Ashanti Lofton [Raleigh Police Department]; baby allegedly smoking marijuana/YouTube [screenshot]