Raleigh Police Arrest Mother in Facebook Video

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Donna-maria Harris | 919.996.1200 | Donna-maria.Harris@raleighnc.gov

Laura Hourigan | 919.996.1219 | laura.hourigan@raleighnc.gov

Raleigh Police Department officers have arrested Brianna Ashanti Lofton (DOB 10/20/97), the mother of the baby seen smoking in a video posted on Facebook. She was 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 Wake County Child Protective Services.

Raleigh residents and others began posting the video and comments on the Department's Facebook page just after 9:30 a.m. today. "We appreciate the public's help in this matter," said RPD Lieutenant Jason Hodge. "We welcome and encourage any assistance the public is willing to give us at all times."