• Sun, Dec 15 - 1:34 pm ET

Super Classy Parents And Grandfather Charged With Giving 23-Month-Old Weed, Because YOLO

Marijuana toddler

Chautauqua County Sheriff

Get ready to put on your “what the fuck” hat folks! Two teen parents, 17-year-old Jessica Kelsey and 18-year-old George Kelsey and grandfather Don Baker were arrested this month on charges that they helped the teens’ 23-month-old child smoke marijuana. Yes, you read that right. SMOKE. How this happened, logistically, I don’t know. I still have trouble getting my 5-year-old to take cherry flavored children’s Tylenol.

According to the local police in Buffalo, NY, where the couple live, the child was “encouraged, helped or observed” smoking from a lighted bowl. Chautauqua County Undersheriff Charles Holder told local news affiliate WIVB:

“They packed the marijuana pipe, lit it for the baby and gave it to him and encouraged him to inhale…it’s just unbelievable.”

marijuana toddler

Chautauqua County Sheriff

It’s not entirely clear how the authorities became aware of the incident, but the news station did note that it might have been filmed. Because if you’re stupid enough to give your 2-year-old weed, then you’re definitely not smart enough to cover it up.

The teens and grandfather were charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. Because “criminally idiotic” isn’t a crime apparently. According to the executive director of Renaissance House Jodie Altman:

“You have a 23-month-old child who’s completely helpless, can’t really say yes or no, wants to please their parents and grandparent, and this is what you do? There should be some serious consequences… unfortunately, when babies are having babies, that’s what happens.”

The toddler, along with another sibling are being cared for by children’s services, thankfully, and the parents are being held on the woefully low bond of $20,000.

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  • http://ultimatemamacat.tumblr.com/ Hana Graham

    I saw this this morning and I’m still pretty furious, despite being a very pro-marijuana person. Irresponsible and abusive jerks like this just really get my hackles up. So unbelievable.

    • Kay_Sue

      I’m pro for consenting adults. That’s kinda my take on most things, I suppose. Let consenting adults do whatever the hell they want to do, so long as they do no harm, but a baby? It was infuriating to me too.

    • http://ultimatemamacat.tumblr.com/ Hana Graham

      Ahh exactly!

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      One of my good friends is a social worker who drug tests parents for
      court cases. Very often, small children test positive for drugs (even
      babies…sometimes showing long-term exposure). If it’s in the house, they tend to get in it. If parents do it on
      the coffee table and then clean it up, toddlers get their hands in the
      residue. They end up with it in their bottles after mom does it and
      doesn’t wash her hands well enough. So the consenting parent thing can be very dangerous too. My friend has listened to hundreds of parents sob, “I just don’t know how they could have tested positive!” and truly mean it. Plus, I’m thinking if you’re high, you’re probably a bit careless about the cleanup.

    • Kay_Sue

      I’m sure. Any substance you imbibe as a parent requires more careful consideration. My mom smoked when we were younger; my younger sister got into her cigarettes (which were in her purse, which was on a higher shelf) and ate an entire pack while we were getting ready for school one morning. If I leave a beer where my child can get it, or spill it on the table, they can get into it. Parents can use these substances without their children getting into it–they just have to be more careful about it. Like most things that go along with being parents, it requires being aware of your surroundings and what you are doing.

  • Véronique Houde

    This isn’t what happens when “babies” have babies, it’s what happens when idiots have babies…

    • Lackadaisical

      I agree wholeheartedly. I have a few friends who were teen mums but also managed to be great mums and the grandad was not a baby (although could have been young to be a grandad)

    • Alanna Jorgensen

      My thoughts exactly. I’m pretty sure most mothers, teenaged or not, understand the concept of not getting their toddler high.

    • Kerry

      That was my thought exactly. I know a few girls who had babies when we were in high school, and they were good, hard working moms. Their kids are healthy, well-adjusted teenagers now. So that statement from the article kind of offends me. I don’t think anyone can blame age for this, as evidenced by grandpa’s participation.

  • Lackadaisical

    The person in this I am most stunned at is the grandfather who must be in his early 30s at the youngest. While all three are old enough to know better and should never have done such a dangerously stupid thing the parents have the excuse of being dumb school age kids.

    • personal

      He’s in his 50s. Maybe 40+ years of drug use have addled his brain.

  • keelhaulrose

    Are you kidding me?
    Pot is expensive. I ain’t sharing with the little freeloaders. Nyquil is so much cheaper if you’re trying to calm them down
    (Dear NSA: totally joking, I don’t give my kids anything but Tylenol and whatever might be prescribed by a licensed physician)

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      ROFL Best comment ever.

    • Rachel Sea

      LOL, my great-grandma put all her kids, and grandkids to bed with a shot of NyQuil to help them sleep. I’m sure it’s a total coincidence that they all had substance abuse issues later in life.

  • brebay

    Sad thing is, after some BS “parenting classes,” taxpayer-funded counseling, and a few months, they’ll have them back. You have to do much worse than this to lose custody.

  • Kay_Sue

    I…I really don’t have any words. I had my oldest son at nineteen. Encouraging him to use drugs as a toddler? Yeah…anyone with half a brain, regardless of age, knows better than that.

    • AugustW

      For sure. Being dumb isn’t a requirement of teen parenthood, although some people seem to think it is.

  • Amber Starr

    Wow. What colossal scumbags. (Sorry, that’s all I got at the moment)

  • EX

    This is awful and these parents (and the grandfather) are idiots. I know this is beside the point but I do have to argue with the quote in here about a 23 month old not being able to say no. Pretty sure that’s all they say. There is no way I could’ve gotten my daughter to smoke anything at that age. Although, maybe pot makes toddlers more agreeable? Hmm…. (Kidding, kidding).