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Police: Tape shows kids smoking marijuana

March 4, 2007

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— A 17-year-old man was arrested after Fort Worth police searching his Watauga home on a burglary warrant found a videotape that appeared to show someone helping his 2- and 5-year-old nephews smoke marijuana, officials said.

Demetris McCoy remained in the Tarrant County Jail on suspicion of injury to a child, a third-degree felony. Bail was set at $150,000, county court records show.

The two children were taken from their home and placed in the care of Child Protective Services last week, spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales said.

Watauga police were not available for comment late Friday.

However, a news release indicated that Fort Worth, Texas, police found the video Feb. 22 on a camera seized in connection with area burglaries they suspected McCoy and Vanswan Polty, 18, of Fort Worth had committed.

Polty was arrested on separate charges, including burglary, and was free on $22,000 bail, court records show.

Police determined that the lengthy video depicted two children being taught to smoke marijuana and encouraged to "get high," the news release states.

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duplenty 5 years, 1 month ago

The effect of marijuana on a still-developing child is not good. These people are idiots.

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tempting_butnothanks 5 years, 1 month ago

i'm a huge proponent for marijuana law reform for ADULTS to use marijuana legally. Under my ideals, even the 17 year old should not be smoking pot. But there is no way, no reason, no how, that a 2 or 5 year old should even be present when it's being smoked, let alone smoking it themselves. This is a case of bad judgement made worse. These people are out there folks.

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ocean 5 years, 1 month ago

no one has ever served beer to a child right?

that's also completely Wrong!

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Ray Parker 7 years, 1 month ago

Buzzby, If you look closely at the video of the crime, the older boys are encouraging, practically forcing the younger boys to smoke a blunt, a cigar with marijuana mixed in that is favored by young black drug abusers. So the preschoolers were inhaling tobacco as well as an illegal, dangerous drug. See video page http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/03/04/pot.kids/index.html?section=cnn_latest

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logicsound04 7 years, 1 month ago

Buzzby,

I agree that there is some weird divider in people's brains that allow them to accept cigarettes (drug A) but marijuana is ethically wrong (drug B).

That being said, using stats like the one in your post is just silly. First of all, it is tar and smoke inhalation that eventually kills a smoker, not nicotene. I've never heard of a death from nictoene OR cannabis, but since the use of both involves setting something on fire and ingesting into your lungs, I would imagine both are equally capable of giving you lung cancer, emphysema (sp?), and asthma.

So you can re-state that accurately one of two ways:

1) deaths from tobacco--0. deaths from marijuana--0. deaths from SMOKING--450,000

OR

2) deaths from tobacco/marijuana/cloves combined--450,000. (but since there are no breakout stats for which form of cancer was caused by which burning plant, differentiating is impossible)

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Ray Parker 7 years, 1 month ago

Buzzby, Your comment is unproven, ridiculous, and sick. Try getting sober sometime.

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Buzzby 7 years, 1 month ago

Thank God they weren't trying to teach the kiddies to smoke cigarettes! Tobacco is a deadly drug while cannabis is relatively harmless. The annual death toll in America from tobacco is 450,000. The figure for marijuana is 0.

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leadrain 7 years, 1 month ago

I was a young child who spent part of my life in Watauga, and I've certainly never experienced that, or even heard of it. So I guess it's not a TEXAS thing, just a stupidity thing. I've read that smoking marajauna affects memory, these guys probably didn't remember that they even shot the footage, they surely forgot to hide it. But the fact that these dementedly twisted youths actually engaged in such an act, camera or no, is deeply troubling. Many children today are at disadvantages that can only and definitly compound their troubles.

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