N. Florida mom jailed after baby pictured with bong
10:42 A.M. — KEYSTONE HEIGHTS — The picture of a baby with a bong that sparked worldwide outrage has led to the mom's arrest.
It didn't take long for picture posted on Facebook to spark worldwide outrage with reports on London's Sky News to news outlets across America.
Now, we've learned who investigators say is behind the photo and what charge the person faces.
Rachel Stieringer, 19, was arrested and charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Assistant state attorney Lara Mattina says the more serious charge of child abuse would only apply when the child is exposed to drugs. She says DCF gave the infant a drug test and it came back negative so that charge doesn't apply in this case.
Documents obtained by First Coast News detail the investigation, revealing a DCF investigator visited the home and said the baby had no injuries.
The investigator got a copy of the infamous baby bong photo, but also noted a picture of a cartoon character holding a bong.
Stieringer declined comment, but we were able to talk to the her mom on the phone. Sharalyn Harris says the picture got blown out of proportion, but admits this is a wakeup call for her daughter.
Harris says her daughter is going through drug counseling and parenting classes and says the grandparents are now caring for the baby.