Child abuse comes in many forms – it’s not limited to just physical and emotional. One woman from America highlighted this fact when she decided to share shocking footage of her infant child smoking what is said to be a marijuana filled cigar.
According to warrants by the Raleigh Police Department, Lofton can be seen in the video "causing, encouraging and aiding a one-year-old child to smoke a marijuana blunt", causing the infant to get high.
Video evidence - not the wisest idea
In the short video clip, we see a hand from off screen holding the cigar up to the child’s lips. The child takes a puff of the cigar and the video cuts. A woman, Rasheed Martin, found the footage and decided to spread it online to spread awareness.
The video amassed over 1.5 million views across social media and has even helped the police identify the woman, 20-year-old Brianna Ashanti Lofton. Apparently, this wasn't her first offence.
The police have brought her into custody and have charged her with possession as well as two counts of felony child abuse. The child is current safe with child protective services.
To see the footage for yourself, check the video above. We warn you, the images you see in the video may make some people uneasy. Viewer discretion is advised.