The children, a 3-year-old boy and his 18-month-old sister, were taken to hospital emergency rooms three times in January.
According to investigators, their father fed them tainted soup each time. On the third occasion, authorities said, he used the prescription drugs Prozac and Amitriptyline — both used to treat depression — making his young daughter so ill she was flow by helicopter to an Atlanta hospital.
William Allen Cunningham, 40, was charged with tampering with consumer products with reckless disregard for the risk that another person would be placed in danger of death or serious bodily injury. He also was charged with mail fraud, wire fraud and communicating false statements that a consumer product had been tampered with.
U.S. Attorney David Nahmias said Cunningham wanted to get money from the manufacturer by claiming its soup caused his children’s illnesses. Cunningham contacted Camden, N.J.-based Campbell by mail and phone to complain, but there was no evidence the soup was tainted when it was purchased, Nahmias said.
Friday, July 07, 2006
COPS: DAD FED KIDS TAINTED SOUP
All because he allegedly wanted to sue the Campbell Soup Company. Now he faces tampering and fraud charges. The Associated Press reports:
He's probably out of the running for Dad of the Year honors.