A Snapchat video showing two teenagers allegedly giving a two-year-old toddler a vaping device has resulted in child endangerment charges by the Pennsylvania State Police.
A statement from the Pennsylvania State Police reveals that on January 9, “a 17-year-old female from Seward, PA was babysitting the child” when the two-year-old little boy “took the vaping device from a nightstand and began to use it.” Both the 17-year-old babysitter and an 18-year-old female who was also present “permitted the child to inhale from the device” as they recorded the incident, which they later posted on Snapchat.
CNN reported of the video, “…at least one girl can be heard laughing while a toddler appears to put a vaping device in his mouth. A girl next to the child holds her phone out in front of him, appearing to take a photo or video. The toddler falls down and starts coughing.”
“The device is believed to have contained 3% nicotine, but not THC,” the police statement added. “Additionally the child, while observed in the video to be coughing after inhaling from the device, did not display any visible effects from inhaling the device contents.”
Police, as well as the United School District of Armagh Pennsylvania, were contacted on Sunday through the Safe2Say tip reporting system.
The toddler’s parents and Child and Youth Services were notified of the event by police. The statement concludes, “This remains an active investigation and charges of Endangering Welfare of Children are pending against both the 17-year-old female and the 18-year-old female.”
The school district, which is located in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, said in a statement it believes the girls to be students in the district.
Per Superintendent Barbara Parkins, “United administration was made aware of the video today, and the matter is being investigated by the authorities. We believe that two of our students were involved in the situation. The names of those students were provided to the authorities.”