A shocking video has emerged showing a toddler smoking a cigarette, under orders from her mother who holds it firmly in the child's mouth. The mother can be then seen aggressively pushing her to the floor, and kicking her down a set of stairs in the footage shared on social media platform Snapchat. Apparently, a recording was taken of the initial video by a concerned member of the public who then posted it on Instagram in an attempt to track down the mother responsible. Though we do not see the face of the person recording the video, they can be heard speaking in the clip as they hand the child the cigarette, who troublingly takes it herself and puts it into her own mouth. The person, who is understood to be the mother, can then be heard saying "Hold on, the lighter don’t work" as they struggle to light the cigarette.
Another clip from the same Snapchat shows the child being pushed on her head and falling onto the floor, where she is then seen hitting her face and being kicked down a flight of stairs by the recorder. The child can be seen crawling away from the steps as she gathers herself. Social media users have took to Instagram to voice their concern over the clips, with one user writing "Guys this is a very serious issue... please watch and share. Send it out. The young child abused needs serious help.
Who knows what could happen or what she isn't posting on snapchat" and another echoed the sentiment, saying "Please tell that someone informed social service and the police! The child has to be taken away. For me this is breathless, I want to get in touch with the police." Snapchat have not commented on the incident, but there is a portal in app that allows users to report things they see that trouble then, or that could be classed as abuse.
The news comes fresh off the back of a case in Indonesia where a father was reported to the police for forcing his child to smoke cigarettes and photographing it. Muzammil Slamah, 36, put the lit cigarette in his 9 month old son's mouth on Madura Island, to the west of Indonesia and got his wife to take a picture and post it online. Slamah thought it would be a funny prank but the photo was spotted by eagle-eyed police offices who tried to prosecute but found there was no official law relating to the act. Local news outlets explained that there was no precise charge in Indonesian law of encouraging children to smoke but the father could face up to six months in jail under the Child Protection Act.