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Man and woman arrested after social media video of baby being given vodka

A 14-second clip of a woman, believed to be the child's mom, pouring alcohol into a cap and giving it to the baby as she held his head back appeared online.

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By Sean McPolin via SWNS

A man and a woman have been arrested after footage emerged appearing to show a baby being given a shot of vodka.

An investigation was launched after footage posted on social media showed a woman pouring a clear liquid from what looked like a bottle of vodka, then tipping it down the youngster's throat.

A 14-second clip of a woman, believed to be the child's mom, pouring alcohol into a cap and giving it to the baby as she held his head back appeared online.

The woman could be seen pouring the drink out and titling the baby's head back before pouring it into the mouth of the baby - who appears to be a little boy.

A shirtless man wearing shorts and trainers - believed to be the child's father - could be seen in the background, standing up and apparently oblivious to what is going on as the shot was administered.

During the short clip, loud music could be heard playing as the baby - who appears to be around eight months to a year old - sat on the floor with the woman.

Police confirmed officers were called to a property in Dover, Kent, UK, in the early hours of June 21 following reports of a disturbance.

A man and a woman were arrested on suspicion of child cruelty, Kent Police added.

A spokesman for the force said: "Upon attending, officers were made aware of concerns for a child at an address in the area.

"Actions were taken to safeguard those involved and a man and a woman were arrested on suspicion of child cruelty later the same day.

"They have since been bailed and an investigation is ongoing."

Social services were also tipped off about the incident and the baby is understood to still be with the parents after they were released on bail.

The duo received backlash from hundreds of social media users after the video was shared online.

One woman, who didn't want to be named, said: "It's very sad. I posted about it on Facebook but it kept getting removed.

"I have contacted social services who said the baby is safe, but they are still with their parents."

Kent County Council confirmed it was aware of the incident.

A spokesman said: "I can confirm social services are aware of this and have taken appropriate action."

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