In the process, she managed not only to outrage mothers all over the world but has also gotten attention of the Florida Department of Children.
Nineteen-year-old Rachel Stieringer was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. A Texas resident called Florida’s abuse hotline after seeing the picture online of the baby posing with his face in the bong.
The 19-year-old mother from Keystone Heights, northwest of Gainesville, defends the photo. She claims it was only a joke without any bad intentions.
Clay County Sheriff’s deputies say Stieringer turned herself in on July 29 and was released on a $502 bond.
A spokesman for the Department of Children and Families said Monday the baby had no injuries and drug tests came back negative.
If drugs were used by or found near the baby, she could face serious charges, and could have possibly lost her 11-month-old son to the state of Florida.