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SHOCKING PHOTO: Facebook Pic Of Baby With Bong Sparks Outrage; Mom Claims It Was "Joke"

Jun. 25 2010, Published 9:27 a.m. ET

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It's the shocking photo that's sparking outrage across the world.

Child welfare authorities in Florida are investigating a couple who posted on Facebook a photo of their 11-month-old baby with a bong, has learned.

The troubling image came to light when someone saw it, and sent it to a Florida-based news outlet.

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According to the British news outlet Sky News, the mother, a 19-year-old and from Keystone Heights, Florida, is defended posting the photo by claiming it was only a joke.

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If it is, authorities aren't laughing.

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Florida Department of Children and Families spokesperson John Harrell told Sky News, "We are alarmed that any parent would take pictures of their child next to what is obviously drug paraphernalia."

The mother spoke to Sky News via Facebook and stated, "If u look at the picture u can see that there is no bowl in the TABACCO (sic) pipe. And i took a pic to show one (expletive) person and it was a mistake. I would never ever ever let him get high."


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Now that the investigation has been ordered, the mother sent a second message to the news agency, stating that those concerned about the welfare of her baby were acting 'stupid.'

She wrote, "Do you realize how serious this is? i can go to jail and he can be taken away from me. WHY would you do something so (expletive) stupid? i know what i did was stupid but i would NEVER put by baby in harm. im (sic) so nice to everyone idk (I don't know) why you would do this to me."

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The mother is expected to take a drug test Friday and the baby will be examined by doctors. If she is found to have drugs in her system, she could face  charges,and more than likely, the baby would be removed from the home.

Child welfare workers confirmed to Sky News that they have made two prior visits to the home.



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