A video has gone viral that shows a mother giving her 1-year-old child a marijuana cigarette. Outraged social media users helped North Carolina law enforcement identify and arrest the woman in the video.
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The video was re-uploaded by a social media user who urged authorities to arrest the mother and has already received 1.5 million views. The video has since been removed from Facebook <a href="https://www.click2houston.com/news/mom-arrested-after-video-of-smoking-baby-goes-viral-police-say">but you can still view the video here.</a>
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North Carolina authorities issued an arrest warrant for the mother in the video, 20-year-old Brianna Ashanti Lofton. She has been jailed on charges of child abuse, possession of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Lofton appeared briefly in court Thursday before a Wake County judge who set her bond at $100,000 and ordered her to have no contact with her daughter.
Lofton's public defender, Caroline Elliot, said the charges are misdemeanors. "This is the first … kind of this charge that she has ever looked at," Elliot said. She also told the judge that her client lives with her mother and grandmother. "She does have family support," she said.
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Police offered their thanks to the members of the public who brought the video to their attention hoping the woman would be held accountable for her actions. The Facebook user who uploaded the video is Rasheed Martin of Rochester, New York. Martin said he doesn't know the mother and first found out about the video when a friend shared it with him.
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Other users then alerted Martin to the mother's Facebook profile and he provided screenshots of that too, "so everyone could know exactly who … did that to the poor little girl." RPD Lieutenant Jason Hodge said, "We appreciate the public's help in this matter. We welcome and encourage any assistance the public is willing to give us at all times."
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