Pot smoking toddler video leads to arrest

January 24, 2011 by  
Filed under West Valley Detention Bail Bond Blog

The parents of a 23-month-old child have been jailed after they were seen on a video giving what authorities say was a marijuana pipe to their toddler.

Melanie Felicia Soliz, 20, and Blake James Hightower, 24, both of Hesperia, were arrested for investigation of cruelty to a child, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. The toddler was taken by child protective services.

Investigators are still trying to determine whether the pipe was lit at the time it was given to the child.

Both Soliz, who is more than six months pregnant, and Hightower have medical marijuana cards, the department said.

100000bail_westvalleydetentionThe Sheriff’s Department received a call just after 8 a.m. Saturday from someone claiming to have evidence of a crime. That person provided a video of the parents giving the pot pipe to the child, the department said.

A deputy located and questioned Soliz and arrested her. She was booked into the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

Hightower surrendered later at the Hesperia Police Department and was booked at the Victor Valley Jail, the department said. He was later transferred to the West Valley Detention Center.

Bail was set at $100,000 for each of them, the department said. They are scheduled to appear for a court hearing today in Victorville.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

By STEVEN BARRIE
The Press-Enterprise