We previously covered the YouTube pranksters known as DaddyOFive when they were charged with child neglect and now another popular YouTube star is in the limelight for pranking his children -this time by spiking their ice cream with laxatives. San Diego child abuse lawyer Peter M. Liss discusses what happened and what would could happen if the case took place here in California.
CJ (Not) So Cool
The YouTuber that goes by the name CJ So Cool regularly posts videos of pranks he pulls on his kids, like convincing them there are ghosts in the house or that he destroyed their favorite toys. But the one that crossed the line shows CJ spiking ice cream with laxatives before giving it to his kids. He then films the kids as they go through the horrible stomach cramps and diarrhea the laxatives caused.
Dangers of Excess Laxative Use
Like any medication, laxatives should only be used as necessary. Using too many laxatives, especially when already healthy can result in a number of dangerous side effects including kidney failure, dehydration and fainting. Even without major side effects, the drugs can be painful as the body prepares and then commences forcefully ejecting all the contents of the bowels.
Criminal Charges for Laxatives?
Child abuse in California is defined as willfully causing or permitting a child to suffer, or inflicting unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering, or willfully causing or permitting the child to be placed in a situation where his or her health may be endangered. You don’t have to be a San Diego child abuse defense attorney to see how giving an otherwise healthy child a large dose of laxatives results in suffering, unjustifiable physical pain, mental suffering and potential endangerment of the child’s health. In other words, CJ So Cool met all the definitions of child abuse under California and would probably be charged with a misdemeanor if he lived here.
As it stands, CJ lives in Indiana, where he was visited by Child Protective Services and investigated by the police. It seems no charges were filed; but given how many people called the local law enforcement agencies after viewing the video, it’s safe to say CJ will have to be very careful about what kind of pranks he pulls in the future. Even just one questionable video could result in more visits from CPS and even criminal charges.
While Indiana state law is different from that of California, San Diego child abuse defense lawyers point out that it is likely criminal charges could result in similar penalties. In California, misdemeanor child abuse can result in up to one year jail time and felonies can be charged if the abuse was likely to cause great bodily harm and can carry a sentence of up to six years. Worse than that, child abuse cases can result in losing custody of your child.
If you have been accused of child abuse of any form, even something you meant as a prank, it is critical you speak with a San Diego child neglect and abuse attorney as soon as possible. You can schedule a free initial consultation with Peter M. Liss by calling (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024.