The mother of a 10-month-old boy who was filmed with a vape in his mouth has apologized for the troubling video which she says was ‘just a joke.’ A disturbing video of a baby sucking on a vape as his young mother and others watched spread outrage across Australia. The mother has now willingly identified herself as Annie Donovan. She says she regrets the incident and did not realize she was being filmed at that time.
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Who is Annie Donovan?
Annie Donovan is the mother of 10-month-old Lebron, She is 16 years old. Officers from the Mid North Coast Police District attended a home in Kempsey on Tuesday following a “concern-for-welfare report,” regarding a young boy.
The check followed the emergence of a video shared on social media showing the baby sucking on an e-cigarette provided by his aunt.
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In one footage, a woman can be heard asking the baby “want to try?” before sticking the vape in his mouth, and in the second video, a woman is seen laughing as the baby coughs out the toxic vapor.
Donovan said, “I wish I didn’t do it, but I never meant to hurt him. I would never hurt him,” reported the Daily Telegraph. She insisted that she has learned a massive lesson.
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Kristy, Donovan’s mother said her daughter has learned her lesson after one of the worst weeks of her life. She said Annie was a good mum to Lebron.
The family was forced to move interstate after Donovan received an onslaught of death threats and violent messages after the video went viral on social media.
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NSW police did not impose charges after investigating. “No further action will be taken,” they said in a statement.
The decision to not press charge comes after calls for the baby to be taken away from his mother from appalled viewers.
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“Police have now spoken with the child’s family and – following the advice provided by medical professionals and other governmental agencies – no further police action will be taken,” an NSW Police spokesperson said.