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September 28, 2007

Americus -- Family members are in disbelief. "What was going through there mind, what was going through their minds when they were doing this here. This is a child, a two year old," said Tommi West.

Twenty-three year-old Tomeka Danielle West and 27 year old Mendrell Minnis were arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with child cruelty and marijuana possession after someone sent an incriminating video to the Division of Family and Children Services.

That cell phone video showed the couple forcing their two year-old daughter to smoke a joint. "The marijuana cigarette was being passed around from individual to individual. It was held to the mouth of the two year-old , and you could actually see smoke from the mouth of the two year old," said Americus Police Chief, James Green.

The incident was being filmed from the front steps of 237 McCoy Street in Americus. Apparently, this wasn't the first time the couple smoked marijuana there. "We knew she was doing it, but we had no idea that she was doing this around them and giving it to them," said West.

Investigators believe that the couple sent the video to several relatives and friends. Authorities are still in shock about the situation. "This is the first time that I have seen anything quite like that, and the fact that it's a small child, obviously a small child, its not to reassuring" said Chief Green.

"You could have knocked me over with a feather when I heard about this, and I still can't believe it," said West. The couple's three children are currently being cared for by relatives. "Hopefully this here will give her a reality check."

The question here that remains unanswered is why? Americus Police would not release the video of the incident because the case is still under investigation.

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