Police Warn About Incriminating Texts and Social Media Messages

By: Rahel Solomon Email
By: Rahel Solomon Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston Police are warning the public about the use of text messaging and social media after two sisters were arrested for sending what appeared to be a violent photo of a baby.

Charleston resident Meleny Kranwinkel and her sister Cecile found themselves behind bars this week after they texted a photo of a knife to a baby's face.

Police tell WSAZ.com the baby wasn't harmed but the potential for danger was enough for charges.

“Pictures that are texted or pictures that are placed on social media may open an investigation,” Lt. Steve Cooper of the Charleston Police Department said. “However there are some cases where charges can actually be filed.”

A Texas teen also found himself in trouble with the law this week after he allegedly tweeted a photo of himself with what looks like a handgun pointed at his younger sister.

The teenager says the tweet was just a joke and it was only a BB gun, but now Texas police say they've opened a criminal investigation.

“It's terrible because I have a 12-year-old that's about to turn 13,” said Charleston resident Tonya Montez. ”I try to teach him that we can be responsible for those kind of things.”

Police said improper use of alcohol and drugs could also put the sender on their radar.

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