A teenage girl was allegedly caught on video encouraging her three-year-old brother to smoke a joint whilst laughing with her boyfriend. After being arrested, she has begged for forgiveness.
A video went viral last week in which Larissa Contrera, 18, and her boyfriend, Thomas Esquival, 19, sat in a car in San Antonia, Texas, and laughed as they made her three-year-old brother smoke a marijuana cigarette, cops say.
In the video, the little boy appeared to cough and began feeling sick after inhaling on the joint.
After the video became viral online, Larissa was arrested on Thursday, September 10.
In a video recorded by News4SA, she said in reference to her brother: “Please forgive me, please don’t hate me, please don’t, I love you.
“I love you, sissy loves you and I’m sorry, I’m sorry for everything and I’m going to do better for you.”
The teenager was then taken into custody and confirmed that the hand-rolled cigarette “was CBD with THC, so weed in it”.
Larissa said that she had met a man outside of her aunt’s home and then brought the drugs back to the car where she then filmed the incident.
She then went on to add that it had been her boyfriend who had been the one who had given the joint to her brother.
Larissa explained: “The blunt was rolled, they lit it and then the passenger handed it and he hit it two to three times and then he took it away and then [the toddler] went and grabbed it back and he hit it.
“And that’s when I got him off the car and I told him he needed to go inside.”
The teenager admitted that she had been “high” at the time and looking back at the incident felt remorseful.
She commented: “It makes me feel like ****, it makes me feel like I’m some **** up person, I feel terrible.”
Feeling that the situation needed to be amended, the teenager handed herself into Child Care Services and she now faces a felony charge of child endangerment.
Larissa’s boyfriend Thomas has also been arrested and has been charged with child endangerment.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar informed the TV station that the toddler’s parents wouldn’t be facing charges but there is still the potential for further charges to be pressed on the two teenagers.
He said: “This case is one that tugged at a lot of people’s heart strings in Bexar County, San Antonio, we don’t take kindly to people treating our kids like this.”