A woman was apprehended by the Police on Wednesday after two videos went viral on Facebook, showing a baby smoking Indian Hemp.
Brianna Ashanti Lofton, 20, of the 4700 block of Caldera Lane in North Carolina, was charged with two counts of felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury, plus two counts of contributing to delinquency and possession of Indian Hemp.
She was transported to the Wake County Detention Centre and placed under a $100,000 bond.
The baby was placed with Wake County Child Protective Services.
In two videos, an adult’s hand is shown holding a brown cigar or cigarette to the child’s mouth. The child is seen exhaling smoke in both videos.
After Raleigh police posted on Facebook thanking the community for bringing the video to their attention, Sheed wrote: “I’m glad I could help spread this awareness and get this woman taken down and the baby in good hands. That was my sole purpose for posting it. I’m not a hero, I just didn’t want that baby suffering like that anymore.”
The mother’s Facebook page says she lives in Raleigh, attended Garner High School and is originally from New Bern.
“Big thanks to everyone who posted information about the smoking mother and baby,” the Raleigh Police Department wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.
“Thanks to your willingness to get involved, the child is now safe and the mother is in police custody,” the Raleigh Police Department in relation to the incident.
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