Teen Babysitter Arrested for Allegedly Forcing Toddler to Smoke Weed in Recorded Video

Teen Babysitter Arrested for Allegedly Forcing Toddler to Smoke Weed in Recorded Video

A shocking incident has occurred in Florida, USA, where a 17-year-old teen babysitter has been arrested and charged with child abuse after a video of her allegedly forcing a toddler to inhale cannabis from a lit joint surfaced online.

According to reports, the teen babysitter, identified as Naledi Roberts, was caught on camera placing a lit joint in the one-year-old girl’s mouth, who then inhaled as the embers at the end of the cigarette glowed brighter. Roberts was seen taking the joint out of the child’s mouth and placing it into her own before inhaling.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office arrested Roberts on Friday, March 24, after detectives discovered the footage she had recorded. Upon being questioned, Roberts admitted to smoking marijuana near the tot, whom she was babysitting for her 16-year-old friend. However, after she was confronted with the footage, Roberts went on to admit she had put the joint into the child’s mouth.

As a result of her actions, Roberts was arrested and charged with one count of felony child abuse. She was taken to the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Centre. She has since refused to explain why she put the drug into the child’s mouth.

This shocking incident has caused widespread outrage, with many people expressing their disgust and anger towards Roberts. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman told the Daily Mail that the child did not appear to have suffered from any long-lasting injuries from the incident. However, the psychological impact of such an incident on the child remains unclear.

It is important to note that Roberts has no prior criminal history, apart from two traffic violations. She was found driving with a learner permit without a person aged 21 or over in the passenger seat in October 2021 and in December 2022. She paid two fines of $166 for each offence.

This disturbing incident highlights the importance of proper vetting and screening of babysitters and caregivers. Parents and guardians should exercise caution and due diligence when entrusting the care of their children to someone else. It is also important to have open and honest conversations with babysitters and caregivers about expectations and boundaries, including drug and substance abuse.

The case of Naledi Roberts is a stark reminder of the need to prioritize the safety and wellbeing of children in our communities. It is our collective responsibility to create a safe and nurturing environment for our children to grow and thrive.

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