A 30-year-old US mum has been arrested for recording and sharing a clip showing her daughter licking a tongue depressor and putting it back into a container at the doctor's office.
According to US news website News4Jax, the video was recorded on Tuesday (July 9) at the All About Kids & Families Medical Centre in Jacksonville, Florida.
The woman identified as Cori Ward had originally uploaded the video onto Snapchat and her account was set to private. She claimed to have only 20 followers, but that did not stop the video from being copied and then shared onto other social media platforms.
A police investigation was then initiated after the medical centre discovered the clip.
In an interview with News4Jax, Ward said she was "just being silly" with her children after waiting for a long time at the clinic. Her daughter who was recorded in the video is underage. The incriminating video also included an on-screen caption that said "Don't tell me how to live my life".
"It’s ruined my life right now. That’s how I feel at least. I just care about my kids and how this is going to affect them," she told News4Jax.
Ward will be looking at a possible felony charge of tampering with a consumer product without regard for possible death or bodily injury. If convicted, she could end up spending up to 30 years in prison and paying a US$10,000 (RM41,130) fine.
A crime and safety expert, Ken Jefferson, told News4Jax believes that US police are looking to make a serious statement with Ward's arrest.
"Simply because of all of the communicable diseases that can be floating around by virtue of this kind of act. I think the message is loud and clear, if this sort of thing continues to go on, they’re going to continue to make arrests."
The medical centre involved said it taken important measures to remove and resanitise all material in the exam room.
"This type of behaviour is not tolerated at All About Kids and Families Medical Center. Each year, we serve thousands of patients, and providing quality care and ensuring their safety is our top priority," it said in a statement.
Recently, a string of videos depicting the act of tampering with products such as licking ice cream and putting it back on the supermarket shelves have gone viral on social media. US police have warned others against taking part in the so-called 'ice cream challenge'.