“If this gets on YouTube, I’ll swear I have no baby,” said the woman on mobile phone footage while lighting a cigarette for her 3–year-old son, according to local paper Sydsvenskan.
The transcript from the two films, shot by a friend of the woman, then shows that the mother started urging her son on.
“Take a toke then you little… inhale then… come on now. Inhale a little. Light it up now, for goodness sake, get the damned thing going.”
According to the paper, others then gave the boy a can of beer. The mother did not protest. They started joking about what would happen if the social services found out.
The mother allegedly told the boy not to tell them, called him a squealer and a snitch and flicked her fingers at his head.
The film shows the young boy coughing and the group laughing. He is encouraged to blow smoke in his mother’s mouth and she does the same to him. She then scolds him for not handling the cigarette right, according to the paper.
In questioning, the adults present at the incident have said that it wasn’t beer in the can but water and that the 3-year-old was given a cigarette so as to feel “nauseous and dizzy” and develop a distaste for tobacco.
The 32-year-old mother has now been charged with child abuse and breaking Swedish alcohol laws, according to Sydsvenskan.