The Raleigh Police Department recently took a 20-year-old North Carolina mom into custody for what appears to be a case of child abuse. According to the arrest warrant, the woman was arrested after a video depicted a baby smoking a cigarillo emerged on Facebook.
North Carolina Mom Laughing in the Background as Baby Puffs Cigarillo
On Wednesday, the Raleigh police officers arrested 20-year-old Brianna Ashanti Lofton, a North Carolina mom. The woman was charged with contributing to delinquency, two counts of child abuse, and marijuana possession.
According to the authorities, sometime last week, the woman posted a 10-second-long video clip on her Facebook account. The video that ultimately led to her arrest depicted the woman smoking in the background while focusing the camera on her toddler.
At one point, the North Carolina mom, who seemed to be enjoying making the video a little too much, takes a puff from her cigarillo and then, to everyone’s surprise, placed the cigarette on the baby’s lips.
The baby, who can be heard cooing, placed his lips on the cigarillo, inhales some smoke, and then lets out a small puff of smoke.
Although the authorities claimed the baby was in distress, the clip proves otherwise. However, at this point, the authorities are unsure whether the cigarillo Lofton gave her child contained tobacco or something else considering that a significant amount of marijuana has been discovered in her home.
After the video was posted on Facebook, it managed to rake up over 1 million views in a short amount of time.
The authorities were called in after a concerned viewer flagged down the video. Fortunately, she was not the only Facebook use to criticize Lofton’s behavior. Following the North Carolina mom’s arrest, the Raleigh Police Department expressed its gratitude towards the concerned citizens via a social media post.
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