In a probe that unfolded since the social-media spread of a video of the incident, troopers at the Indiana station have focused on a 17-year-old girl from Seward, who was babysitting the child, and an 18-year-old woman from Armagh, who together allowed the youngster to take the vaping device from a nightstand and inhale from it.
Misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child may be filed against them, police said this morning.
“One or both females made a video recording of the incident, which was then posted to the social media platform Snapchat,” according to Trooper Cliff Greenfield, a public information officer at Indiana.
Police said the video was made between 5 and 8 p.m. Thursday on Jan-L Street.
By late Sunday, the video had been shared across other social media and forward in private messaging services to The Indiana Gazette.
As the suspects are heard laughing in the video, the toddler is shown coughing after inhaling smoke. The boy, from the New Florence area, “did not display any other visible effects from inhaling the device contents,” Greenfield said.
He said the child’s parents were unaware of the incident before state police investigators contacted them.
Greenfield reported that the investigators found that the device, an electronic cigarette, contained 3 percent nicotine.
The matter also has been referred to Children & Youth Services, but it was unclear whether Indiana or Westmoreland County’s child-welfare office would investigate.