Two North Carolina men were arrested for allegedly smoking marijuana in front of a 6-year-old child on Facebook Live, the local broadcast station WRAL reports. The 20- and 23-year-olds were each charged with misdemeanor child abuse, according to court documents.
Arrest warrants show that Tyreek J. Carpenter and Donta Dewayne Blue were arrested on Sunday and released on bond. Blue is the child’s parent and Carpenter is Blue’s cousin.
“I mean I was smoking weed,” Blue told CBS17. “I’m not going to lie.”
The boy’s mother, Lyvette Caldwell, lives in New York, CBS17 reports, and called the police after she saw the video. “I’m like. I have to do something about this. This is my child,” she told the outlet. She also noted that her son has asthma, making his closeness to smoke especially concerning. “My child doesn’t have to deal with that.”
Blue added, “I hope everything goes how it’s supposed to go and I get a second chance to do better and try to be the father I’m supposed to be.”
Yahoo Lifestyle has reached out to the Raleigh Police Department for more information.
In 2018, two North Carolina women were charged with felony child abuse for allegedly helping three children smoke marijuana, as Inside Edition reported. A video of the incident was uploaded to Snapchat that police said showed the women holding a cigarillo to the toddlers’ lips.
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