Thursday, 22 March 2018

Woman arrested in US over video of baby smoking

A woman has been arrested in the US over an online video of an infant smoking.
The video had received more than a million views before police were alerted and arrested the woman, Brianna Ashanti Lofton, 20.

The clip showed an adult's hand holding what appeared to be a cigarillo to the baby's lips.

The baby appeared to inhale and release a puff of smoke.

Lofton was charged with marijuana possession and two charges of felony child abuse.

The mother appears to encourage the baby to smoke

Police in Raleigh, North Carolina, said the child had been placed with the county's child protective services department.

On Facebook, they said: "Big thanks to everyone who posted information about the smoking mother and baby.
"Thanks to your willingness to get involved, the child is now safe and the mother is in police custody."

Brianna Ashanti Lofton has been charged with felony child abuse

The man whose posting of the video was seen by more than a million people said he was satisfied he had helped raise awareness.

Identifying himself as Rasheed Martin of Rochester, New York, he said he did not know the mother and came across the video when it was shared by one of his friends.

He re-posted the video and called for followers to help identify the woman.

"Once more and more people found out about this situation, they showed me a screenshot of her actual Facebook page.

"Then I later added it to the post so everyone could know exactly who... did that to the poor little girl."

SKY         News.

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