video from Twin Falls on the Web site YouTube shows a man giving beer to a baby.
Twin Falls Police are investigating the video posted in December titled "Christmas @ speedy's" and have yet to identify the people in it, said Capt. Matt Hicks.
The video doesn't conclusively show if the baby ingested beer from a can of Budweiser put to her lips by an unknown man holding her.
But it could be used as evidence for misdemeanor crimes of providing alcohol to a minor and child abuse, said Hicks.
In the video, the unknown man laughs while putting the beer can to the baby's mouth, and says "they're going to get me for child abuse."
Another unknown person filming reminded the man holding the baby the act was recorded.
Hand signs flash throughout the video, which police said could be gang-related. The video also shows other children and adults drinking, talking on phones and eating.
The filmmaker talks over footage of a child standing in front of a dark colored drink, and says, "A kid drinking Morgan (rum) and Coke, you think that's healthy?"
The video was one of a handful posted on YouTube by "speedaddy123cxx3" from Twin Falls, according to the Web site.
Police also are investigating a second video from "speedaddy123cxx3" depicting grainy images of two women physically fighting, said Hicks.
Twin Falls Police are working with a division of YouTube dedicated to law enforcement, said Hicks. YouTube is an independent subsidiary of Google Inc., designed to let people share original home videos online. Videos can be public or private, but users need to register to post.
Some YouTube videos have prompted other police investigations into crimes including rape, criminal mischief, menacing and littering, according to recent international media reports.
Ten hours of video are uploaded every minute to YouTube, which doesn't allow nudity, graphic violence or hate. Viewers can flag these types of videos and report them to YouTube, according to its Web site.
Twin Falls police rarely encounter cases like this, said Hicks.
Anyone with information about these videos or other potentially incriminating footage is encouraged to call police.
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