Sick video has emerged online showing a man and a woman appearing to give a shot of vodka to a baby.
The pair were arrested in a property in Dover, Kent after the footage was posted on social media and prompted police to launch an investigation.
In the 14-second clip, the woman, who is believed to be the tot's mum, pours alcohol into a bottle cap and appears to give it to the baby as she holds his head back.
It then looks as if she tips the clear liquid down the baby's throat.
A shirtless man wearing shorts and trainers – believed to be the child's father – could be seen in the background, standing up and apparently oblivious to what is going on as the shot was administered.
During the short clip, loud music could be heard playing as the baby – who appears to be around eight months to a year old – sat on the floor with the woman.
Police confirmed officers were called to property in Dover, Kent, in the early hours of June 21 following reports of a disturbance.
A man and a woman were arrested on suspicion of child cruelty, Kent Police added.
A spokesman for the force said: "Upon attending, officers were made aware of concerns for a child at an address in the area.
"Actions were taken to safeguard those involved and a man and a woman were arrested on suspicion of child cruelty later the same day.
"They have since been bailed and an investigation is ongoing."
Social services were also tipped off about the incident and the baby is understood to still be with the couple after they were released on bail.
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The duo received backlash from hundreds of social media users after the video was shared online.
One woman, who didn't want to be named, said: "It's very sad. I posted about it on Facebook but it kept getting removed.
"I have contacted social services who said the baby is safe, but they are still with their parents."
Kent County Council confirmed it was aware of the incident.
A spokesman said: "I can confirm social services are aware of this and have taken appropriate action."
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