Police investigate video of Australian ‘baby vaping’ as his mother laughs at his distress
- Disturbing footage shows a mother laughing as her baby gets a vape
- As the boy sucks on the vapor, he coughs while the mother chuckles
Disturbing footage has surfaced online showing a young boy being given a vape to suck while his young mother laughs at his distress.
Multiple videos show the baby coughing after inhaling the toxic fumes, leading to furious demands that the child be removed from its mother.
In one clip you can hear a woman say, “Do you want to try it?” holding up the vapor before pressing it against the child’s lips and letting the boy inhale.
The child is seen squirming as he coughs and splutters as the women watch and giggle at his reaction.
After being made aware of the videos, NSW Police went to a house in Kempsey, on the Mid North Coast, to check on the 10-month-old’s well-being.
A spokeswoman for NSW Police said ‘no further police action will be taken’.
“Mid North Coast Police Department officers visited a home in Kempsey yesterday following a report of concern for a 10-month-old boy,” the spokeswoman said Thursday morning.
“Police have now spoken to the child’s family and – on the advice of medical professionals and other government agencies – no further police action will be taken.”
Daily Mail Australia understands that the boy has since been taken to hospital for a check-up.
Shocked social media users were appalled by the images and slammed the mother.
“That’s so sad,” one person commented.
Another wrote ‘Fu***** 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.”
But the boy’s mother lashed out at the criticism of her parenting style in an extraordinarily foul-mouthed Facebook diatribe.
“Every bastard got the skin to sit there and talk about me and my child, look in your own backyard,” the mother wrote.
“You’re not perfect either, so shut up, you’re not scary, you’re nothing but bums.”
The incident comes as the number of poisonings from fumes among children under the age of four has risen alarmingly in the past year.
The NSW Poison Information Center received 213 calls about exposure to e-cigarettes and liquids in this age range in 2022, compared to 127 the previous year.
Symptoms recorded during these calls include nausea, vomiting, coughing fits, increased heart rate, loss of consciousness and in some cases seizures.
Genevieve Adamo, a senior poison information specialist for NSW Poisons Information Center, previously told ABC News that many calls were due to toddlers raising the vapes to their mouths out of curiosity, “as children do.”
“They’re like, ‘oh, that boy picked it up and put it in their mouths like a doll,'” she said.
Last year, the National Health and Medical Research Council released a report on e-cigarettes that found that vapors can contain hundreds of dangerous chemicals found in cleaning products, nail polish remover, weed killer and bug spray.
This is in the vapor, which is composed of various chemicals such as heavy metals – even if it is labeled ‘nicotine-free’.