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Mom arrested for giving toddler cigarettes

Feb. 7, 2012 at 9:33 AM   |   Comments

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A Swedish woman has been charged with child abuse for allegedly giving her 3-year-old son beer and cigarettes, police say.

Sydsvenskan reported two cellphone videos show the woman, in the company of other adults, urging her son to smoke a cigarette. She allegedly told the child: "Take a toke then you little … inhale then … come on now. Inhale a little. Light up now, for goodness sake, get the damned thing going."

The other adults present gave the child a can of beer, and his mother did not stop them, Sydsvenskan reported.

"If this gets on YouTube, I'll swear I have no baby," she was quoted as saying.

The Swedish news agency TT reported the 32-year-old woman told police there was no beer in the can, just water. She also said that she gave him a cigarette so he would develop a distaste for tobacco.

The woman has been charged with child abuse and violating Swedish alcohol laws.

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