BRPD arrest man involved with the video of a five year old smoking marijuana


After a video of a five-year-old child smoking what’s believed to be a marijuana cigar went viral, Baton Rouge Police have arrested 48-year-old John Hall who reportedly is the ex-boyfriend of the child’s grandmother.  Lt. L’Jean McKneely said Hall also posted the video on social media.

“Concerned citizens saw what was happening, they reached out to law enforcement. We got our detectives right on it. We were able to identify the individual that was giving the five-year-old a marijuana cigar through Crimestoppers,” said McKneely.

Hall is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I drug, and illegal use of a controlled substance of a person under 17.

McKneely said the child was one of the children involved in an accidental shooting last month.

“In which he was able to get hold of a Draco, which is a short assault rifle, and pull the trigger on that assault rifle and had gunshot injuries not only to himself but also his three-year-old cousin,” said McKneely.

The five-year-old’s mother, 26-year-old Desirae Felder was arrested on May 18th and charged with second-degree cruelty to juveniles and obstruction of justice. McKneely said Child Protective Services is involved.

“This most recent incident will be something added to their investigation, it’s something they will look into,” said McKneely.

Hall is being held at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.


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