Mom arrested after Facebook video shows baby smoking

Modesto Morganelli
Marzo 22, 2018

A video showing an infant smoking a cigar has circulated on social media and sparked outrage, leading to the identification and arrest of the mother. Brianna Ashanti Lofton, 20, was also charged with two counts of felony child abuse, according to a police news release.

Lofton was taken to the Wake County Detention Center.

Surveillance video shows the man in a white tank top and dark trousers carrying the baby in a vehicle seat to the front of a Sunoco near Palm Beach International Airport, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said.

The initial video was removed from Facebook, but a copy of the video was posted in an effort to get law enforcement involved.

The Raleigh Police Department said Wednesday that the child was safe and the mother was in custody.

"Big thanks to everyone who posted information about the smoking mother and baby", the post reads. "We welcome and encourage any assistance the public is willing to give us at all times".

While police said multiple Facebook users alerted them to the video Wednesday morning, the account holder whose posting was seen by more than a million people said he's glad the child is now safe.

Mr Martin said he did not know the mother, and first found out about the video when a friend shared it online.

"Once more and more people found out about this situation, they showed me a screenshot of her actual Facebook page", Mr Martin said in an online interview.

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