(CMR) The mother of the child seen in a viral video being given a cigarette and what appeared to be an alcoholic beverage is now in police custody in Jamaica. The smoking toddler video went viral a few days ago and police announced they were looking for the guardians' of the child.
The woman was picked up in Red Ground District, Old Harbour, St Catherine, by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) this morning. The child is now in the care of the police.
In the video, the child was seen smoking what appeared to be a cigarette and drinking an alcoholic beverage as he celebrated his birthday. While he was on the only one on camera, voices were heard the background encouraging him to continue.
The matter was brought to the police’s attention after it was shared online by various people.
A multi-agency investigation is now underway to make further determinations on the matter. The entities involved in the probe are the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) and the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA).