March 12, 2013

Couple Jailed After Video Shows Mother Forcing Toddler to Inhale Bong Hit



Centralia, Washington (The Weekly Vice) - Rachelle Braaten, 24, and Tyler Lee, 25, were jailed after they allegedly forced their 22-month-old son to smoke marijuana out of a bong.

According to Centralia police, an investigation was launched after detectives received a cell phone video from an anonymous witness that showed a mother placing a smoke filled marijuana bong up to her child's face, so that he could inhale from it.

Investigators say the room erupted in laughter after the toddler began coughing from the smoke.

Police took the child's parents into custody at their residence. A search of the residence turned up 40 marijuana plants and several firearms.

The toddler, as well as his 5-year-old brother, were removed from the residence and placed into protective custody.

During a police interview, Lee admitted to selling marijuana to a dispensary, but denied being at the residence when the video was recorded.. 

Braaten was booked into the Lewis County Jail and charged with manufacture of marijuana and delivery of a controlled substance to a minor. Her bail was set at $20,000.
$5,000.

Lee was booked into jail and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm (because he is a convicted felon) and manufacturing marijuana. He was released on Monday.


Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice


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