Mom Films Herself Blowing Smoke Near Baby’s Face, Dropping Her: Reports

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Senior Reporter
Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
September 30, 2019 Updated: September 30, 2019

Warning: The Facebook video may be disturbing to some viewers. Discretion is advised.

A mother in Tennessee is accused of filming herself blowing smoke near her baby’s face before lifting her in the air and shaking her, according to reports.

WTVC reported that Chattanooga Police went to Tybresha Sexton’s home after tipsters told them about the Facebook live stream.

Sexton’s live stream is no longer available, but another woman re-uploaded it on the social media website (Warning: disturbing footage).

Sexton, 24, is also accused of grabbing the child and dropping the child, who is about 1-year-old.

An officer who responded in the case said that she smelled of alcohol and made irrational statements, WLOS reported.

She told them that the reports of her abusing the child weren’t true. Neighbors then arrived on the scene and showed police clips of the 30-minute video of her allegedly shaking the infant, the report said.

According to a police affidavit cited by WLOS, Sexton loudly stated that she “didn’t want that [expletive] baby anyway.” It also said that she “already told them that.”

When she was taken to jail, police said that she caused a disorder and told officers the statement about not wanting the baby, WRCB-TV reported. She was charged with aggravated child abuse, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.

The infant is now with Sexton’s mother, WLOS reported.

She is slated to appear in court on Oct. 4, according to reports.

Sexton was arrested in 2016 for a carjacking and was charged with aggravated robbery and possession of a firearm, the Times Free Press reported.

Other details about the incident are not clear.

Facts About Crime in the United States

Violent crime in the United States has fallen sharply over the past 25 years, according to both the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) (pdf).

The rate of violent crimes fell by 49 percent between 1993 and 2017, according to the FBI’s UCR, which only reflects crimes reported to the police.

The violent crime rate dropped by 74 percent between 1993 and 2017, according to the BJS’s NCVS, which takes into account both crimes that have been reported to the police and those that have not.

Police tape is shown in Toronto, May 2, 2017. Statistics Canada says the country's crime rate ticked up again in 2018, for a fourth year in a row, though it was still lower than it was a decade ago. (Graeme Roy/The Canadian Press)
Police tape is shown in a stock photo (Graeme Roy/The Canadian Press)

The FBI recently released preliminary data for 2018. According to the Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January to June 2018, violent crime rates in the United States dropped by 4.3 percent compared to the same six-month period in 2017.

While the overall rate of violent crime has seen a steady downward drop since its peak in the 1990s, there have been several upticks that bucked the trend. Between 2014 and 2016, the murder rate increased by more than 20 percent, to 5.4 per 100,000 residents, from 4.4, according to an Epoch Times analysis of FBI data. The last two-year period that the rate soared so quickly was between 1966 and 1968.

Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Senior Reporter
Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.