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WORLD BRIEFING/ BRITAIN

Times Wire Reports

A British woman has pleaded guilty to child cruelty for allowing her 3-year-old to smoke.

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees said cellphone video showed the child popping a cigarette into his mouth, lighting it with a lighter and taking a drag.

Rees told a court in the Welsh town of Merthyr Tydfil that the boy’s mother, 24-year-old Kelly Marie Pocock, was sitting next to him and talking on a phone at the time.

Judge John Curran said it was clear the boy was a habitual smoker. Pocock was given a 40-week suspended sentence and a one-year supervision order.

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