A second man was charged, Friday in connection with the videotaping of two young children smoking pot. Vanswan Polty, 18, of Fort Worth, faces two counts of injury to a child. He was being held at the Watauga Jail on Sunday. His bail was set $150,000 after his arrest late Friday.
The children’s uncle, Demetris McCoy, 17, of Watauga, was arrested Feb. 23 on a charge of injury to a child. He is being held at the Tarrant County Detention Center on $150,000 bail.
The charges against both men are third-degree felonies that can be punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
A videotape was found in a search for stolen goods appears to show two teenagers persuading a 2 year old boy and his 5 year old brother to smoke pot, according to the police in suburban Fort Worth, Texas.
In part of the video, the uncle was shown placing a marijuana cigarette into one of the children’s mouth. In another part of the video, a different child is shown smoking on his own.
“I have never seen anything like this quite so disturbing,” said Bruce Ure, director of public safety for the Watauga Police Department. “Our children count on us to protect them; these individuals did everything but protect these children.”
“It is unbelievable,” said Ure. “You can hear one of them say, ‘Let’s get high’ and they’re just encouraging them to keep puffing on it.”
It appeared the homemade video showing the small boys smoking pot was not the boys’ first such experience, according to Ure. The 2-year-old was holding what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette,” like he’s done it before,” Ure said. “He’s inhaling”.
“The 2-year old is puffing away and obviously inhaling. He’s coughing like he’s got a smoker’s cough,” Ure said. “The 2-year-old is stumbling. He’s giggling. He’s falling down. He’s debilitated. Our suspects are just laughing uncontrollably. They think this is the funniest thing they ever saw.”
Police said that in the video the children were called “potheads” and asked if they “have the munchies”.
According to Ure, the boys’ mother, McCoy’s sister, has told police that she was sleeping in the back bedroom during the incident. She has not been charged.
A Child Protective Services spokeswoman, Marissa Gonzales, said that the children were removed from the home on February 23.
“They seem to be doing fine,” she said. “According to medical personnel, they probably won’t suffer any long-term medical effects. We’re looking to see if there are any appropriate family members to care for the children. But at this point, we haven’t found any.”
Police haven’t ruled out charges against a third teen, a 16-year-old who was the cameraman. Nor have they ruled out charging the mother who was in the house at the time that this happened.
The Dallas Morning News