An infant in an ice bucket challenge has caused some major controversy this weekend. According to the New York Daily News, a Texas grandfather took the challenge with his 10-month-old granddaughter sitting in a walker in front of him. When he lifted the bucket of ice water on to his head, the baby also got doused, which infuriated many people, including the child’s father, Claude Dalcour.
“I was shocked. Everybody I know was pretty much shocked and appalled. You don’t do that to an infant. He should know better. It’s a big deal. It’s not his child, it’s my child.”
The infant in the ice bucket challenge did not appear hurt, but some people feel that dumping freezing cold water on a baby is unnecessary… many even think that this was a form of child abuse, whether the baby’s grandfather meant to harm his granddaughter or not. Authorities have been notified of the incident, as has the Texas Department of Children and Families. It’s unknown if the grandfather will face any kind of legal punishment for his actions. According to USA Today, no charges have been filed against the man in the video… yet.
Making matters even worse, perhaps, is the fact that the grandfather is actually Dalcour’s father-in-law. Dalcour and the baby’s mom are reportedly going through a very nasty divorce, so there is already a lot of stress and anger between the families.
The infant in the ice bucket challenge didn’t seem to cry after the shock, but the camera stopped recording soon after the bucket was dumped. There was a good amount of water in the bucket, and some feel that the child could have drowned. The baby’s body could have also gone into shock. So far, thousands of people have discussed this story, and the consensus has pretty much been the same: The baby should not have been involved in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge… no matter what.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the ice bucket challenge has raised over $100 million since the challenge started. There has been some concern about where the money is going and how it’s being used to help find a cure for the debilitating disease. Some other controversy surrounds the wastefulness of water when people around the world don’t even have a cup of water to drink.
Overall many would say that the challenge has been a success, but there have been several gray areas since the challenge started. How do you feel about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? What do you think of the man in the video above soaking his baby granddaughter in the process?
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