This just made me angry – and this story comes to us from another local city, River Rouge, Michigan (practically as bad as Detroit – just a little better). Felipe Francisco Garcia, an 18-year-old man from River Rouge has been charged with second-degree child abuse for helping the 3-year-old boy he was babysitting smoke a “marijuana[-type] cigarette” and videotape the incident.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy (who I just realized that she’s the daughter of my father’s friend) gave a statement on Thursday, saying, “Just when you think you’ve seen all kinds of child abuse, this comes along. The evidence shows that the defendant thought it was cute to have a 3-year-old baby smoking a marijuana cigar or blunt.”
The tape was found during a separate investigation involving Garcia about 3 weeks ago. Police plan on testing the boy for marijuana, which could linger in his system for up to a month, since the substance was never retrieved and thus the cigarette was not officially found to have had marijuana in it.
Garcia is apparently a friend of the child’s mother, and the child continues to live with his mother.
Garcia faces up to (only) 4 years in prison and was (and still may be?) held on $10,000 bond. He was arraigned on Thursday in the 26-1st District Court in River Rouge.
Let’s put this guy away for all 4 years + whatever else he was being investigated for!