Video Shows Toddler Smoking Pot From a Bong

By Valerie Tejeda 03/12/13

A California mother is arrested over a disturbing cellphone video.

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It wasn't funny.

A cell phone video has surfaced showing a 22-month-old boy smoking marijuana out of a bong. The toddler's mother Rachelle Braaten, 24, of Centralia, Washington, has been arrested and is facing charges. "Well, it was like, you can't see in the camera, but the person taking it, and then there was like a group of people there," Braaten told authorities, "and I guess it was a joke and stupid mistake that wasn't really funny." She claims the child was not affected by the drug and continued to play as usual. Braaten says she feels “horrible,” because, “he's two and he shouldn't have known about that. He shouldn't have that in his body." When local police went to check on the toddler’s welfare, they discovered 40 marijuana plants in the house. According to the boy’s father, Tyler Lee, the plants are for medicinal purposes. Both Lee and Braaten were arrested, and Braaten remains in jail, where she is being held on bail.

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