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Young Mother Arrested After Facebook Video Of Her Baby Smoking Weed Goes Viral — Watch

In a very upsetting video, a young mom can be seen forcing her baby girl to smoke.

But the woman has since been charged with marijuana possession, as well as child abuse. Understandably, right?

After a clip of an infant smoking a small cigar— which ended up receiving over 1.5 million views—went viral, making the social media rounds, a concerned citizen worked to make sure the culprit was brought to justice. 

Sounds about correct.

Thanks to online sleuths, North Carolina authorities were able to identify and arrest the child’s mother, 20-year-old Brianna Ashanti Lofton. Officers say the Raleigh mom had her daughter smoke “a marijuana blunt,” according to arrest warrants obtained by CBS affiliate WNCN



The hand of an off-screen adult can be seen holding what appears to be a cigarillo to the child’s lips. The child then makes a cooing sound and seems to inhale, before letting out a puff of smoke. 

The version of the video that received the 1.5 million views was actually posted by an individual who was determined to figure out the mom’s identity and alert authorities. The poster himself as Rasheed Martin of Rochester New York; after he gave the original a glimpse, he decided to do what he could to help out.


“Once more and more people found out about this situation, they showed me a screenshot of her actual Facebook page,” Rasheed said in an online interview, the New York Post says. “Then I later added it to the post so everyone could know exactly who … did that to the poor little girl.”


The Raleigh Police Department soon successfully located Brianna and placed her under arrest, authorities stated on March 21. The child is reportedly safe and the mother is in custody and is being charged with marijuana possession and two counts of felony child abuse.


“Big thanks to everyone who posted information about the smoking mother and baby,” Raleigh police department officials told their Facebook followers in a post. 


“Thanks to your willingness to get involved, the child is now safe and the mother is in police custody.”

Well, that is good!

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