Raleigh police officers said they arrested a North Carolina mother of a baby seen apparently smoking in a Facebook video. (City-County Bureau of Identification)
Police in North Carolina said Wednesday that they arrested a 20-year-old black lady who they identified as the mother of a baby who reportedly appeared to be smoking in a video shared on Facebook, Fox News reports.
Brianna Ashanti Lofton was arrested by the Raleigh Police Department and charged with two counts of felony child abuse, contributing to delinquency and possession of marijuana, authorities said in a statement.
“Raleigh Police Department officers have arrested Brianna Ashanti Lofton (DOB 10/20/97), the mother of the baby seen smoking in a video posted on Facebook.
She was charged with two counts of Felony Child Abuse, Contributing to Delinquency, and Possession of Marijuana, and transported to the Wake County Detention Center.
The baby has been placed with Wake County Child Protective Services.
Raleigh residents and others began posting the video and comments on the Department’s Facebook page just after 9:30 a.m. today.
“We appreciate the public’s help in this matter,” said RPD Lieutenant Jason Hodge. “We welcome and encourage any assistance the public is willing to give us at all times.”
A version of the video, which has since been taken down, reportedly received 1.5 million views and was posted by a user who urged the mother’s arrest, The Associated Press said. The 10-second clip reportedly showed the hand of an adult off-screen holding what appeared to be a cigarillo to the child’s lips. The child then makes a cooing sound and appeared to inhale before letting out a puff of smoke. It was not clear from the video what the child is allegedly smoking.
The Raleigh Police Department posted a message on their Facebook page thanking the public:
“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.”
As I have said many times, some people are not cut out to be parents. Thank goodness, the people watching that horrific video, had sense to call the authorities. That poor little baby girl, I can’t imagine, how she was feeling after smoking that. Probably, made her sick. I didn’t see if this so call Mother, had any other children. I hope not. I hope that she never, ever gets her baby back. I hope this little one, is placed with a loving, and caring family.
Unbelievable. What a filthy scumbag.
Rot in hell you pile of trash.
FACEBOOK HAS GONE IN FULL ATTACK MODE TO SILENCE CONSERVATIVES BY MASS DELETING OVER 1000 PAGES AND ACCOUNTS INCLUDING “NATION IN DISTRESS” AND “AMERICAS FREEDOM FIGHTERS.” THESE LIBERAL/SOCIALISTS MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.
THOUSANDS OF VETERANS WHO FOUGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY ARE NOW UNEMPLOYED THANKS TO FACEBOOK!
CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND DEMAND ACTION AGAINST THIS CENSORSHIP. THIS IS WAR!
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