North Carolina police have charged two women with helping three children smoke an apparently drug-laced cigar on social media video.
Winston-Salem Police Department say officers arrested the women on Tuesday after receiving numerous reports about the Facebook video. During the arrest, police seized drug paraphernalia.
Jail records show Michaela Pearson and Candice Little were held on charges of child abuse and contributing to delinquency of minors.
Michaela Pearson and Candice Little are each charged with felony child abuse and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor
A Facebook video shows multiple young children being given what appeared to be an illegal substance by two women
The children were two, three and 18-months-old according to the arrest warrants
Pearson is seen on the Facebook video and then passes the cigar around to the other children
The children were two and three-years-old and 18-months-old and were all taken to a local hospital where they are being treated. The children remain there for observation.
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Police said the cigar contained an illegal substance but didn’t elaborate although officials believe Pearson and Little caused and encouraged the children to smoke marijuana.
It’s believed Pearson and Little caused and encouraged the children to smoke marijuana
The two women have been arrested on child abuse charges
Child Protective Services is conducting an independent investigation, police have confirmed.
The public defender’s office said it won’t know if the women have lawyers until an upcoming court appearance.
Pearson and Little are being held on $150,000 secured bonds.
Phone listings for the women couldn’t be found.
All three of the children have been taken into care . Pearson and Little, meanwhile, are being held on $150,000 secured bonds