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UPDATE: Baby Bong Picture Was A Joke, Cops Not Laughing

UPDATE: It's been one of the most popular stories on WOKV.com, and has even been featured in other countries. But now the picture that started it all has led to the arrest of the mother police said took it.
The Florida Department of Children and Families said the picture shows the baby, from Keystone Heights, holding a bong up to its mouth as if the infant is using it to smoke marijuana.

WOKV has confirmed that Rachel Stieringer, 19, has now been arrested and charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a first-degree misdemeanor.

According to a police report, Assistant State Attorney Lara Mattina told police Stieringer has not been charged with child abuse, and the drug paraphernalia charge was the only charge the State Attorney's Office could file.

There was a media report that said the DCF had drug tested the baby, and it came back negative. WOKV has not yet confirmed that report. Typically, child abuse charges will not be filed unless there is evidence that a child had used drugs.

John Harrell of DCF did confirm the agency had launched an investigation into the 11-month-old baby's parents.
"We are alarmed that any parent would take pictures of their child next to what is obviously drug paraphernalia," he said.

The mother posted this message on her Facebook page: "If u look at the picture u can see that there is no bowl in the TABACCO (sic) pipe. And i took a pic to show one (expletive) person and it was a mistake. I would never ever ever let him get high."

DCF investigators said they have already been to the home twice.
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