Family of an 11-month-old baby filmed sucking on a vape open up about ‘sick’ and ‘putrid’ act
- Disturbing footage of baby vaping sparked outrage
- Family admit they were sickened by footage
- Police taking no further action as NSW dept investigate
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The family of an 11-month-old baby boy filmed sucking on a vape have broken their silence about the ‘putrid’ and stupid act as more distressing videos emerged.
Distressing footage that emerged online this week of the little boy inhaling a vape as his young mum and others watch on laughing sent shockwaves across Australia.
The viral video caught the attention of NSW Police, who attended a home in Kempsey on the NSW mid north coast on Wednesday to inquire about the baby’s welfare.
While no further police action will be taken at this stage, the fallout continues as the NSW families minister ordered her department to launch an urgent investigation.
It comes as a new video emerged of the baby struggling and gasping for air while propped up on his mother’s lap as those around him laugh and say ‘it’s OK, bubba’.
The boy’s aunts have opened up about the sickening incident to condemn the actions of his young mum while also jumping to their sister’s defence.
A new video has emerged of the baby boy gasping for air after inhaling a vape
‘It’s honestly putrid, I will not say that it’s not because it is and I would remove my nephew from that situation,’ the baby’s aunt’s told Seven News.
A second aunt added: ‘Honestly it made me sick, but she is a young mum and she is trying her best.
‘It was just a stupid mistake that she made with a bunch of friends.’
The comments come as new footage emerges of the same mum getting into a street fight with another woman, which has sparked death threats from locals towards the mum and her family.
‘There’s no need for the violence,’ the family said.
NSW police don’t plan to press any charges at this stage, despite growing calls for the baby to be taken away from his mother’s care,
‘Police have now spoken with the child’s family and – following advice provided by medical professionals and other governmental agencies – no further police action will be taken,’ a statement read.
However, NSW Families Minister Natasha Maclaren-Jones has directed the department to ‘urgently investigate’ the boy’s immediate safety, welfare and wellbeing, along with any other children living in the same household to determine whether further action needs to be taken.
Labor opposition leader Chris Minns was also shocked by the footage and will consider toughening laws if he’s elected as Premier on March 25.
‘Obviously (it is) very troubling footage,’ he said.
‘We’ll look at legislative change if it’s needed. This is abhorrent and shouldn’t happen.’
Multiple videos have surfaced online of the baby sucking on a vape. The mother in the clips is seen laughing as the boy coughs and splutters from the smoke
Multiple videos showed the baby coughing after inhaling the toxic vapour.
In one clip, a woman is heard saying, ‘Want to try?’ while holding up the vape before pressing it to the child’s lips and making the boy inhale.
The child is seen squirming as he coughs and splutters with the women looking on, giggling at his reaction.
Daily Mail Australia understands the boy was taken to hospital for checks and is currently staying interstate with his mother.
Horrified social media users were aghast at the footage and slammed the young mum.
‘That’s so sad,’ one person commented.
Another wrote ‘F****** disgusting behaviour, as a mother myself I don’t know how people can do this to their babies.’
A third said: ‘Every baby deserves a parent but not every parent deserves a baby.’
The NSW families minister has ordered her department to launch an urgent investigation into the welfare and wellbeing of the baby boy filmed inhaling on a vape
2GB breakfast host Ben Fordham also weighed into the controversy.
‘They’ve got to do something here because this is child abuse,’ Fordham told listeners on Thursday.
‘Whoever is responsible, and anyone who witnessed what happened and didn’t report it should go to jail.’
The family broke their silence after the boy’s mother reacted to the backlash against her in an extraordinary foul-mouthed Facebook rant.
‘Every c*** got the hide to sit there and talk about me and my child take a look in yas own backyard,’ the mother wrote.
‘You ain’t perfect either so keep that mouth going you ain’t scary, you’re nothing but bums.’
The incident comes as the number of poisonings from vapes in children under four rose alarmingly in the last year.
The NSW Poisons Information Centre received 213 calls about exposure to e-cigarettes and liquids in this age bracket in 2022, compared with 127 the previous year.
The baby boy’s mother took to social media to defend her actions in a foul-mouthed tirade
Symptoms recorded from these calls include nausea, vomiting, coughing fits, an increased heart rate, loss of consciousness, and in some cases, seizures.
Genevieve Adamo, a senior specialist in poisons information for NSW Poisons Information Centre, previously told ABC News a lot of calls were due to toddlers putting the vapes to their mouths out of curiosity, ‘as children do’.
‘They say, ‘oh the kid has picked it up and put it in their mouth like a dummy’,’ she said.
Last year the National Health and Medical Research Council released a report on e-cigarettes which showed vapes can contain hundreds of dangerous chemicals found in cleaning products, nail polish remover, weed killer and bug spray.
This is found in the vapour, which is made up of various chemicals such as heavy metals – even if it is labelled ‘nicotine free’.
Worry vaping facts
– Many vapes contain nicotine making them addictive
– Vapes can contain the same harmful chemicals found in cleaning products, nail polish remover, weed killer and bug spray
– Vapes can leave young people at increased risk of depression and anxiety
– The nicotine in one vape can = 50 cigarettes. Depending on the size of the vape and nicotine strength, it can be much higher
– Young people who vape are 3 times as likely to take up smoking cigarettes
– Vape aerosol is not water vapour
– Vaping has been linked to lung disease.
– Vapes can cause long-lasting damaging effects on the brain and physical development.
Source: NSW Government
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