Police say a woman and her daughter were arrested after allegedly taking pictures of two toddlers playing with marijuana, including pictures of the children with joints in their mouths.
Police were alerted to the photos after relatives of the children took the images to a company to be developed. The children’s grandmother, 51-year-old Beth Ann Hensley, returned to the store later to have the order cancelled, but it was too late. Instead of taking the photos with her, she left without them.
This made it real easy for police to see what the store employees had called them after processing the photos. In the pics, two young boys, ages 1 and 4, can be seen with joints in their mouths while an adult holds a lighter as if to light it. Other photos show the boys handling marijuana buds while others were just of marijuana.
Leslie County sheriff’s Deputy Adrian Cornett went to the children’s home accompanied by child welfare workers where authorities removed five children, aged between one and seven, and placed them with a relative. Police would find 24 marijuana plants around the children’s grandmother’s home, including marijuana in a plastic bag.
Beth Ann Hensley claimed responsibility for the weed, and admits that she and her daughter did take photographs of the children holding buds. She denies that the children had joints in their mouths, however, claiming that what you are looking at are photos of toddlers with hand rolled cigarettes full of Prince Albert tobacco.
Police ended up charging her with trafficking, possession and cultivation of marijuana. The children’s mother, Tracy Hensley, was charged with unlawful transaction with a minor and child endangerment.
Cornett says some of the photos were taken inside the grandmother’s house while others were taken at the mobile home of the children’s uncle who lived nearby. According to Cornett, police will be making more arrests.Tags: Beth Ann Hensley, Child Endangerment, Crime, Drugs, Kentucky, marijuana, Tracy Hensley