RALEIGH, N.C. —
A North Carolina man has been charged with helping an infant girl smoke marijuana in a video seen by millions online.
Allan Maldonado made a short appearance Wednesday in a Raleigh courtroom on misdemeanor charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and marijuana possession. Arrest warrants say he helped cause the 1-year-old girl to smoke marijuana in videos that sparked outrage after they went viral last week.
Maldonado, who’s 18, asked the judge to appoint a public defender.
Police had arrested and charged the child’s mother 20-year-old Brianna Ashanti Lofton last Wednesday with two counts of felony child abuse, contributing to delinquency and possession of marijuana.
The baby was placed with child protective services.
One video showed the hand of an adult holding the cigarillo to the girl’s lips. The child appears to inhale and lets out a puff of smoke.