Woman Makes Baby Smoke Marijuana Shared Video on Facebook
A video of an infant smoking a small cigar set off outrage on social media that helped North Carolina authorities identify and arrest the mother.
source site A version of the video that’s received 1.5 million views was posted by a user who urged the mother’s arrest. The 10-second clip shows the hand of an adult off-screen holding what appears to be a cigarillo to the child’s lips.
The child then makes a cooing sound and appears to inhale before letting out a puff of smoke.
Raleigh, North Carolina police have arrested the “lowlife worthless piece of crap mother” and placed her one-year-old child into child protective services on Wednesday.
Police have arrested and charged 20-year-old Brianna Ashanti Lofton with two counts of felony child abuse, contributing to delinquency and possession of marijuana.
Shortly after the marijuana video appeared on social media, Triangle residents and others began reaching out to Raleigh police around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Lofton has previous charges of simple assault, simple affray and violation of pretrial release conditions.
Effects of Marijuana on Children
With more states legalizing recreational pot, parents are facing the question of whether they should smoke pot around their children.
Dr. Karen Wilson, a pediatrician and lead author of a study showing that children absorb chemicals from secondhand marijuana smoke.
“This is the first time we’ve been able to demonstrate that there are detectable marijuana metabolites in the urine of children who’ve been exposed to pot,” says Wilson, who is the Debra and Leon Black division chief of general pediatrics at Mount Sinai in New York.
It’s a small study, involving 43 young children in Colorado, another state where recreational pot use is legal. The children, ages 1 month to 2 years, were hospitalized for bronchiolitis. Their urine samples were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which used a new and highly sensitive test that can detect very low levels of pot metabolites. They found 16 percent of the overall samples tested positive. And for the children whose caregivers said they had been exposed to pot use, 75 percent had traces of pot in their urine.
“There is a strong association between those who said there was someone in the home who used marijuana or a caretaker who used pot and the child having detectable marijuana levels,” says Wilson.
There is very little scientific evidence to show the health risks of secondhand pot smoke or vapor, but there are clues that it could cause problems.
Some studies have shown that even low concentrations of THC — the psychoactive ingredient in pot — can cause developmental problems for babies whose mothers used pot while pregnant. Other research shows that marijuana use in adolescence can impact the developing teenage brain and cause problems with attention, motivation and memory. Read More Here