Warning: Disturbing footage ahead
Most parents are so protective of their precious little bundles of joy that they could be considered overprotective. You’ve got the super baby proofers that don’t let their babies touch anything other than a clean blanket, the shielders who use sunglasses, hats, and umbrellas to keep the sun off of them, and the germaphobes who don’t let anyone near their kid if they’ve ever had a cold.
It’s natural to want to protect your baby from everything that could harm them. So when we find some parents who do the exact opposite and take pleasure in harming their child, we’re rightfully shocked and angered. These parents may still be in their teens, but they should know way better than to intoxicate their child.
There’s no right way to parent; everyone has varying opinions on what’s best for a child. It’s pretty universally accepted that children should not have any alcohol, cigarettes, or marijuana. That didn’t stop a couple of teens from giving their little girl all of the above one night. To make matters worse (or better for the child involved), they filmed their crime and put it on social media for the entire world to see.
The unnamed Argentinian teens had a baby together a few years back. The father is currently 18 years old, and the mom is 17 years old; the mother is still considered a minor which means that their names have been withheld from the media. Their daughter is toddler age.
Not a Joke
In the shocking video the parents posted, the child is seen falling asleep while sitting up; she keeps nodding off and rocking back and forth. Authorities believe she may have been intoxicated. While she nods off, her mother puts items including a joint, a cigarette, and a beer bottle up to her little lips, seemingly offering the child the substances. At one point, the baby falls backwards, and the mother catches her only to keep taunting her.
After their video went viral and attracted the concern of local people, the parents were arrested at their house in Formosa, Argentina. They claimed that their daughter was merely drifiting off to sleep, and they were holding the substances up to her as a joke; she wasn’t actually intoxicated. Still, the Police Investigation Brigade, Secretariat of the Ministry of Childhood, and the Juvenile Prosecutor’s Office aren’t taking this “joke” lightly.
The young girl was taken into custody and is in the care of her grandmother. The mother may be tried as a juvenile for her part in the crime.
Another Argentinian mom came under fire for posting pictures to Facebook showing her pouring an alcoholic cider in her toddler’s mouth and lighting up a cigarette he was puffing on in 2015. Her post was shared by concerned citizens several times in an effort to find and prosecute her.
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