The News & Observer reports that a mother in Raleigh, North Carolina has been arrested after two videos went viral on Facebook of her showing her baby apparently smoking marijuana. Brianna Ashanti Lofton, 20, has been arrested and charged with two counts of felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury, as well as two counts of contributing to delinquency and possession of marijuana.
Lofton is being held on a $100,000 bond and the baby was placed with Wake County Child Protective Services. Police sought out Lofton after several citizens reported the viral videos.
In these videos, an adult hand is shown holding a cigar to the child’s mouth and the baby is seen exhaling smoke. The baby is only one year old.
Arrest warrants stated Lofton was accused of “causing, encouraging and aiding a one-year-old child to smoke a marijuana blunt” on December 1, 2017.
Lofton has been previously arrested for simple assault and simple affray in the last year.
Police received comments and notifications from concerned citizens on Wednesday. Screenshots of the videos were also forwarded to police, and authorities thanked the community for helping to identify the crime.
According to Lofton’s Facebook page, she is a resident of Raleigh but originally from New Bern, and attended Garner High School.
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