SHOCK VIDEO: Teen blows bong smoke in toddler’s face
A teenager has been dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act for blowing marijuana smoke into the face of a toddler in a viral video.
Child Protection and Investigation Unit officer-in-charge Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Miles sprang into action on Wednesday afternoon and found the 17-year-old Heatley teenager who was the captured in the video.
She was dealt with on drug-related offences.
The video appears to show a young woman taking a draw of marijuana from a homemade bong before looking at a little boy, aged two-and-a-half years old, and blowing it directly in his face.
The child, who is the teenager's brother, appears to look away before getting to his feet and trying to leave the situation.
The person behind the camera and the woman start laughing.
Det Snr Sgt Miles said the girl had no particular excuse for exposing her brother to the smoke, saying it was "an act of stupidity on her part".
"I'd suggest there was a lacklustre response on the part of the teenager," he said.
"Quite frankly it was appalling … this is a teenager who, through an act of stupidity and misguided belief it was humorous on her part, resulted in the child being exposed to unneccessary harm and behaviour."
The video is time stamped as April 24 but was posted to social media on Wednesday.
It gained a raft of disgusted comments since it was posted and has already gained thousands of shares and more than 200,000 views.
Act for Kids executive director Stephen Beckett said he watched the video in complete shock.
"It's pretty confronting … I am just shocked that people would introduce drugs to such young people and would go film it," he said.
Mr Beckett said children who were exposed to drugs at an early age are more likely to become drug users as adults.
"We need everyone from the community to keep their eyes and ears out to protect children," he said.
Mr Beckett also condemned those who were sharing the video across social media, labelling it as a blatant example of child exploitation of a vulnerable child.
Det Snr Sgt Miles said the pair lived in the same household but the Department of Child Safety were investigating further.
He said the swift police response was thanks to an inundation of calls from the general public who were clearly outraged by the video.
Originally published as SHOCK VIDEO: Teen blows bong smoke in toddler's face