FORT WORTH, Texas – Two teenagers have been indicted on felony counts of injury to a child after being caught on video coaxing two young children into smoking marijuana, according to public records.
A Tarrant County grand jury on Friday indicted the children's uncle Demetris McCoy, 17, and his friend, Vanswan Polty, 18, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported for Tuesday's online editions. The teens remain in county jail on two felony counts each of injury to a child and various other burglary charges.
Polty is being held on $164,000 bail and McCoy on $240,000. Each could face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.
A drug test also revealed that the 2-year-old and 4-year-old children had cocaine in their systems.
The children, who remain in state custody, were removed from their home in Watauga, a Fort Worth suburb, in February after police investigating a burglary found the videotape while searching the house.
It shows one teen lighting a marijuana cigarette in the 2-year-old's mouth, then laughing as the toddler coughs. One teen then tells him to pass it to his brother, who also smokes it and coughs. A 16-year-old accused of videotaping the incident also was arrested.
The children's mother, 21-year-old Shatorria Russell, was asleep in a back bedroom and didn't know what was going on, police have said. She was not arrested.