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article imageVideo of toddler smoking a marijuana pipe lands parents in jail

By Kim I. Hartman     Jan 18, 2011 in Crime
Hesperia - A California couple were arrested after San Bernadino County Sheriff's department received a tip from an individual who had a video of the parents allegedly allowing their 23-month-old child to smoke from a marijuana pipe.
“(The video) depicts the child placing the (pipe) up to his mouth and he sucks on it, pulls it away, sucks on it, pulls it way. And it’s done about three times,” said Deputy Lisa Guerra of the Hesperia station. “And the pipe does have some marijuana residue in it,” according to the Victorville Daily Press.
Sheriff’s Department Deputy Lisa Guerra, of the Hesperia division, received a tip Saturday that 20-year-old Melanie Soliz and 24-year-old Blake James Hightower were abusive to their child and had given the toddler marijuana. The police were able to confirm the allegations that the child was indeed smoking what appeared to be drug pipe after viewing the video and were then able to locate the pipe after a search of the residence, reports the Daily Press.
The police report indicates an injury was found on the boy, who was then placed with Child and Family Services after his mother, Melanie Soliz, who is reportedly six months pregnant according to her Facebook profile, was arrested for investigation of cruelty to a child.
The San Bernadino County records show that Hightower was arrested on the same charge after surrendering to police Saturday evening. Hightower's Facebook profile says he is engaged to Soliz.
According to the police department inmate information and locator, Soliz and Hightower are being held in the West Valley Detention Center and will appear in the Victorville Superior Court January 19.
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