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Toddler's Pot-Smoking Video Leads to Parents' Arrest

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"...it's just hard to really understand."

KTLA reports:

Hesperia couple has been arrested after investigators say they videotaped their 23-month-old son smoking marijuana.

A tipster led San Bernardino County sheriff's officials to the home of 20-year-old Melanie Soliz and 24-year-old Blake Hightower on Saturday, according to deputy Lisa Guerra.

The tipster said the couple allowed their toddler to smoke pot and provided video that confirmed the allegations, the Victorville Daily Press is reporting.

The video shows the toddler smoking from a marijuana pipe about three times, Guerra said, adding that the pipe had marijuana residue in it.

According to KABC, the the sheriff's department is not releasing the video. The department also says the parents both have medical-marijuana cards. Because of that, they won't face drug charges. Instead, they were charged with child cruelty and are expected to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon.

"In this day and age, more and more we hear about situations like this, and it's just hard to really understand," Roxanne Walker, a spokesperson for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, told KABC.

A similar case in Ohio last year grabbed headlines after a mother was shown encouraging her toddler to smoke a joint.

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