Charges dropped against Tennessee mother seen on video smoking in infant's face

Mother charged after video shows her blowing smoke in infant’s face

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A judge has dismissed charges of neglect faced by a Chattanooga, Tennessee, woman who appeared on a Facebook Live video smoking in her infant's face.

WTVT reported that prosecutors recommended charges against Tybsha Sexton be dismissed in Hamilton County Criminal Court Tuesday morning.

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Earlier this month, Sexton, 24, was charged when concerned viewers of the video contacted authorities. In the video, Sexton appears to shake her baby, pick her up with one hand, then drop her onto a pillow. She also appears to be smoking and blew smoke into the baby's face.

WRCB reported Sexton was charged with aggravated child abuse or neglect, resisting arrest or obstruction of legal process and disorderly conduct.

Assistant District Attorney Ben Boyer told McVeigh it would be difficult to prove neglect and said prosecutors would not be pursuing charges.