Charges pending over video showing 2-year-old using vaping device

Joanna Estrada
January 14, 2020

Two teenage girls likely will face child endangering charges after they were accused of posting a video on social media showing a 2-year-old boy vaping.

Police say the incident happened while the 17-year-old girl was babysitting the child last Thursday evening at a home on Jan-L Street in St. Clair Township, Westmoreland County.

It's not clear when the video was uploaded to Snapchat, but it started circulating on Sunday. The boy retrieved the vaping device by a nearby nightstand before he used it, police said.

Video shows the child inhaling from the vape device, before coughing and falling down.

Pennsylvania state troopers say charges of endangering the welfare of children are pending against a 17-year-old girl and an 18-year-old girl after an investigation into a video that was posted on January 9.

There is no family connection between the teens and the child, police said.

State police say that other than coughing, the child did not display any other visible effects from inhaling from the device, which contained 3% Nicotine and no THC.

Police have not publicly identified the two teenagers, but the United School District of Armagh, Pennsylvania confirmed that it believes the girls were students in the district.

'The Troop A, Indiana Criminal Investigation Unit is aware of a video and is investigating the related incident in which a 2-year-old child was given a vaping device, ' they wrote.

Authorities alerted the child's parents, who they said were unaware of the incident, and also reported it to Children and Youth Services.

'We believe that two of our students were involved in the situation.

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