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Women cited for letting 2-year-old smoke

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Women cited for letting 2-year-old smoke

Two women were arrested at a Greenfield Ponderosa restaurant after being accused of allowing a 2-year-old to smoke.

According to police:

The boy’s 26-year-old mother and 39-year-old aunt were eating at the restaurant last week when they held a cigarette up to the boy’s mouth and attempted to light it.

The aunt told police that the boy often says, “smoke, smoke,” and sometimes takes cigarettes out of a pack and puts them in his mouth.

The child had been saying “smoke, smoke” while the aunt was smoking in the restaurant, and she held her cigarette up to the child’s face. When she took it away, he continued to ask for a cigarette and grabbed one from a pack on the table.

When the child put the cigarette in his mouth, the aunt held up her lighter to light it, but the boy did not inhale the cigarette so it failed to light. During this time, the boy’s mother was paying for the food and when she returned to the table, he still had a cigarette in his mouth, and the two women began laughing.

An employee then came over to the table and told them to take the cigarette out of the boy’s mouth.

The boy’s mother said the child did this all the time, adding: “He can even light his own cigarettes.” The mother then asked the boy for a cigarette, which he pulled out of a pack and handed to his mother.

When the mother said “light, light” the child grabbed a lighter and handed it to his mother.

The aunt said she was concerned about the boy’s welfare because the child can say and do other inappropriate things, and believes he may have picked up on the drug activity his mother displays.

The aunt said the mother keeps a rolled up dollar bill in the bedroom, which the child plays with.

Any time the boy has the dollar bill he hold it up to his nose and says, “fix, fix” over and over again.

The Milwaukee County district attorney’s office did not charge the women with child abuse because there was no proof that the child was harmed or injured as a result of the incident.

The women were instead issued a citation for providing tobacco to an underage person.

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May 19, 2008 10:30am PDT

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