The police arrested Appenzeller, last Thursday, after the keen vaper was reported for feeding eliquid to his 9-week old baby. His excuse, when the witness confronted him about it, was to say: “I've done it before. It's fine.”
The Wisconsin father now faces one count of physical abuse of a child, intentionally causing bodily harm after a call came in reporting an infant experiencing a medical emergency.
The mother dialled the emergency services after being awoken by a voice screaming, “oh my god! What did you do? What did you do?” This third person had just popped to the toilet, and had asked Appenzeller to feed the infant because its cries had woken them up.
The child was discovered in the parent’s bedroom, having a seizure and foaming at the mouth. Paramedics immediately took the child to the nearest A&E department, before moving it on to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
A bottle of juice was recovered from the father’s pocket by the police, sent to the hospital, and then referred to Poison Control officials.
Appenzeller admitted giving eliquid to the baby and investigators said he came across as calm and confident. He told them: "I don't know. He was crying. I was really tired. I realised the he was crying because of hunger, so I fed him some drops of the liquid.”
The father had to attend court on Thursday 1st and was released with a set bail bond equivalent to £3,540. Dustin Appenzeller is due to appear in court again on Thursday 8th for a hearing.
Eliquid is not designed to be drunk, nicotine is toxic and bottles should be stored so that they are out of reach of children. Appenzeller can consider himself very lucky that his child is still alive.