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NC mom arrested after video showed baby smoking cigar

The Raleigh Police Department said on Facebook Wednesday the child was safe and the mother was in custody.
Brianna Ashanti Lofton Pic. Courtesy: Raleigh Police

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A mother was arrested by a North Carolina police after a video of her infant child smoking a small cigar set off a social media effort to get authorities involved.

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

Police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan confirmed in an email the post was referring to a child seen by scores of social media users. A statement with more information was being prepared.

A version of the video that's received 1 million views was posted by a user who urged the mother's arrest.

The 10-second video shows the hand of an adult off-screen holding what appears to be a cigarillo to the child's lips. The child then appears to inhale and puff smoke.

Brianna Ashanti Lofton has been charged with two counts of Felony Child Abuse, Contributing to Delinquency, and Possession of Marijuana, and transported to the Wake County Detention Center.

The baby has been placed with the Wake County Child Protective Services.