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Uncle accused of teaching nephew to smoke pot on YouTube could lose rights

A Rosemount man accused of posting videos on YouTube that show him teaching his 15-year-old nephew how to smoke marijuana and roll "blunts" could lose his parental rights.

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A Rosemount man accused of posting videos on YouTube that show him teaching his 15-year-old nephew how to smoke marijuana and roll "blunts" could lose his parental rights.

Dakota County Social Services is asking the court to grant a child protection order against Khari Jerome Anse Tillman Sr., 32, preventing him from caring for four children who live at his residence.

According to the petition, the children are without proper parental care, and are exposed to an "injurious or dangerous" behavior or environment that includes criminal activity in the children's home.

Tillman appeared today in Dakota County District Court on four gross misdemeanor counts in connection with the YouTube videos. His next court date in the case is Jan. 24.

In the videos posted last January on YouTube, Tillman allegedly is shown teaching his nephew, who is now 16, how to make a blunt, which is a hollowed-out cigar filled with marijuana, according to a Dakota County criminal complaint. He also is shown smoking the drug with his nephew. At least two of the four videos were recorded in Tillman's kitchen, authorities said.

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Child-protection services notified local police about the videos in April and interviewed Tillman. Shortly after, the videos were removed from the YouTube website, the complaint said.

Tillman was charged last month with four gross misdemeanors of child endangerment, child neglect, contributing to the delinquency of a child, and contributing to the need for protection or services of a child. If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail for each count.

He said he might have done drugs around his nephew in the past but that he never promoted or encouraged his nephew to do drugs, according to the complaint.

Both Tillman and his nephew denied using drugs or making the videos.

Tillman became his nephew's guardian about six months ago after the death of Tillman's sister, the boy's mother, the complaint said. Three other children ages 14, 12, and 4 are under Tillman's care.

He will appear in district court on the child protection petition Nov. 17.

Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

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