Mother of Three-Year-Old Smoker Convicted

Filed under: In The News, Weird But True

a cigarette on an ashtrayIf you've got a three-year-old child, I would think you would pretty much know where that kid is and what they're doing at all times.Kelly Marie Pocock has a different method of child-rearing. While this 24-year-old Londoner was chatting on the phone, her son was elsewhere having a smoke.

Yes, her three-year-old son was off in a bedroom smoking a cigarette.

As luck would have it, a friend of the mother stopped by for a visit and went looking for the boy. She found him under a bed, smoking. The friend brought the boy downstairs where he proceeded to pick up a cigarette butt from an ashtray, light it and begin smoking.

Said friend filmed the scene on her mobile phone and later forwarded the video to social services. A prosecutor told the court that "the video demonstrates the boy placing a cigarette into his mouth, lighting it with a lighter and sucking, drawing smoke clearly into the lungs and he seems to do it with some accomplishment."

Enter criminal charges. The mother pleaded guilty, saying she had never seen her son smoking. The judge, however, found differently, noting that the boy would not have been able to smoke without discomfort "unless he had acquired a habit." He went on to add that "this is an appalling situation and I don't see how, despite your basis of plea, you could have been unaware of the fact."

Pocock was sentenced to forty weeks in jail, suspended for two years. Unfortunately, the judge's reason for suspending the sentence was that he didn't want to separate the children from their mother.

Excuse me? The best thing he could have done for those kids would have been to take them away from their mother. What's your take?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.