State police at Indiana report charges are pending against a 17-year-old Seward girl and an 18-year-old Armagh woman accused of allowing a toddler they were babysitting to use a vaping device as they recorded and posted video of the incident to social media.
Police received an anonymous Safe2Say Something tip regarding the video, posted to the social media platform Snapchat, on Sunday, prompting an investigation. Police have not identified the suspects.
According to police, the 17-year-old Seward girl was babysitting a 2-year-old boy at a home on Jan-L Street in St. Clair Township on the evening of Jan. 9.
The toddler took the vaping device from a nightstand and began to use it as the 17-year-old and the 18-year-old Armagh woman who was also at the home watched. One or both of them made a video recording and posted it to social media, according to Tpr. Cliff Greenfield.
Greenfield said the toddler and the two females are not related. Police believe the vaping device contained nicotine, but not THC, the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana. The boy was seen coughing after being allowed to inhale from the device, but did not show any other visible effects from using the vaping device, Greenfield said.
Police notified the boy’s parents, who were unaware of the incident, and reported the incident to the Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau.
Police are continuing to investigate and charges of endangering the welfare of children are pending against both suspects, Greenfield said.