HOUSTON, Tex. — The viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been popping up across various social media channels for months, but some say a Facebook video showing a grandfather dumping a bucket filled with ice water over himself and his 10-month-old granddaughter goes too far.
“My family was shocked, my friends were shocked,” said Claude Dalcour, the baby’s father, told KHOU. “Everybody I know was pretty much shocked and appalled.”
Dalcour said he is going through a nasty divorce with the girl’s mother and things got even nastier when he saw his ex-father-in-law’s Facebook post.
“You don’t do that to an infant,” Dalcour said. “The water splashing into her face, a whole giant bucket of water.”
The social media backlash over the man’s actions has been scathing.
“I’ve seen adults on these challenges who couldn’t just stand there. They all ran off cursing & shaking having Known & prepared themselves for this challenge,” Cheena Winston posted on the CBS 6 Facebook page. “This innocent, clueless infant didn’t know, wasn’t prepared, couldn’t curse, couldn’t run away! Just sit there soaked & shocked. I’m appalled @ his butt as well!#Dummy”
“And the bandwagon rolls on and on and on,” Damon Collins posted. “That’s the problem with these mindless challenges, Even the mindless take part.”
Additionally, one Facebook user from out of state even sent a link to the Texas Department of Children And Families. While the agency would not confirm it’s investigating the incident, officials did say they are receiving more abuse cases via social media.
The child’s father said he took the video right to police, but despite the father’s anger, the grandfather hasn’t been charged with any crime.
“It’s not his child, it’s my child. That’s my blood. He’s only the granddad and when I felt he did that that’s disrespectful,” Dalcour said
KHOU reached out to the man via Facebook, but he had not responded by the time this article was posted.