By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
A British mother was convicted of child cruelty (child abuse) for allowing her 3 year old to light a cigarette and smoke it. How do we know this happened? Well, there was a video of the child smoking recorded on a mobile telephone. Authorities were notified by a friend of the child’s smoking habits. Apparently, the child smoked on many occasions. The mother, Kelly Marie Pocock, claimed that she did not know about her son’s smoking. Ms. Pocock received a suspended sentence in exchange for pleading guilty to one count of child cruelty.
There appears to be a high likelihood that this child will eventually have a very bad cigarette smoking habit. Some smokers begin smoking at a young age and never quit. Three years old to begin smoking? This is highly unusual and frightening.
You can read more about this story at British Boy, Age 3, Filmed Smoking – Mother Convicted of Child Cruelty.