Two Men Live-Streamed Illegal Drug Use With A Child In The Room
Two adult men were arrested in Raleigh, North Carolina after they live-streamed their drug use on Facebook. A child is clearly seen in the video in the same room as the men doing drugs.
According to court documents, 23-year-old Donta Dewayne Blue and 20-year-old Tyreek Jordan Carpenter have both been arrested and charged with misdemeanor child abuse.
The two men were smoking marijuana and posted a live-stream video of it to Facebook.
Blue admits to the drug use and says he regrets using drugs in front of his 6-year-old child. He also claims he didn’t know his son was in the same room. In the video, the little boy is seen eating cereal behind the men as they smoke marijuana. According to Blue, the boy was so quiet and positioned in such a way that the men didn’t even realize he was there. He claimed when he did see his child he told him to leave the room because he didn’t want him around while they were smoking.
The 6-year-old’s mother, Lyvette Caldwell, lives out of state and reported the video to the Raleigh police when she saw it and noticed her son in the frame. Caldwell was particularly concerned because her child has asthma.
Blue said he never intended to smoke in front of his child, and that it will never happen again. He is hopeful for a second chance to be a better father and example to his son.
Blue’s bail is set at $1,000, and he must appear before a judge on April 9, 2019. Carpenter’s bail is set at $2,500, and he is scheduled to appear in court March 12, 2019. The reason for the disparity in sentencing is unclear.
It is interesting to note that Blue and Carpenter would probably not face any legal ramifications if they had been live-streaming from a state where marijuana use is legal, such as California. Although marijuana is a controlled substance even in the states where it is legal for recreational use (buyers must be over the age of 21 and the amount they are allowed to purchase per day is limited), it is also prescribed as a medication in many states and so the use of marijuana in the presence of a child would most likely not be considered a criminal offense.