North Carolina mother arrested after a video of the smoking baby goes viral, police say

Raleigh police said that they arrested a North Carolina mother of a baby apparently smoking in a Facebook video.

(City-County Bureau of Identification)

The police in North Carolina said Wednesday that they arrested a 20-year-old, which she identified as the mother of a baby who allegedly was found to be smoking in a video shared on Facebook.

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 said that the video was highlighted to them on social media around 9:30 pm

A version of the video, which has since been demolished, 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 from the screen, holding what appeared to be a cigarillo on the lips of the child. The child makes a cooing sound and appeared to breathe, for the rental of a puff of smoke. It was not clear from the video what the kid allegedly smoking.

Raleigh police said the child was placed with child protective services, and Lofton was taken to the Wake County Detention Center.

In a post on Facebook, the department thanked “everyone who posted information about the smoking of the mother and the baby.”

“Thank you for your willingness to become involved, the child is now safe and the mother is in custody,” the post said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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