Mom charged with forcing 5-year-old to smoke

ELIZABETHTON, TN (AP) - An East Tennessee woman has been charged with forcing her 5-year-old son to smoke a cigarette.

A Carter County deputy told the Johnson City Press that 24-year-old Jordon Paige Hensley was arrested Tuesday night on charges of child abuse and neglect, disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana.

A jail officer said Thursday that Hensley was being held on a $12,500 bond. Jail records did not show if Hensley has hired a lawyer.

Deputy Cory Tidwell said that in response to a complaint by a witness he stopped Hensley in a car and she told him she she had forced her son to smoke a cigarette because "she was teaching him not to smoke."

Tidwell also said he found a small bag of marijuana in the car.

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