A UK couple has been arrested for child abuse after a video surfaced that appeared to show them giving vodka to a baby.
“Actions were taken to safeguard those involved, and a man and a woman were arrested on suspicion of child cruelty later the same day,” police officers told SWNS of the stunt, which occurred in June in Dover, in the county of Kent.
In a clip that went viral on Facebook, a woman believed to be the child’s mother can be seen pouring what looks like a bottle of vodka into a cap while a sitting child looks on.
She then shockingly gives it to the baby and tilts the child’s head back so it goes down, like cough syrup, the New York Post has reported.
All the while, a shirtless man, thought to be the boy’s father, can be seen standing nearby, apparently oblivious to the situation.
Thankfully, the sordid stunt didn’t go unnoticed by others. Police confirmed that they went to the property following reports of a disturbance, whereupon they learned of the appalling incident.
“Upon attending, officers were made aware of concerns for a child at an address in the area,” said a spokesperson for the force, adding that the parents have been arrested for child abuse.
They have since been let out on bail, and the child is back in their possession, SWNS reported.
“It’s very sad. I posted about it on Facebook but it kept getting removed,” lamented one source, who opted to go anonymous.
“I have contacted social services who said the baby is safe, but they are still with their parents.”
A Kent County Council spokesperson claims that child services has been alerted to the situation.
“I can confirm social services are aware of this and have taken appropriate action,” they said.
In a similar case in 2010, an Indonesian infant lit up the internet after a video emerged of him indulging in his 40-cigarettes-per-day habit.
The child kicked the habit three years later, but then began bingeing on junk food and condensed milk, which saw him balloon up to 25kg by age 5.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post and was reproduced with permission