In the latest controversy of the internet sensation, a grandfather in the US is being investigated for making his 10-month-old granddaughter take the ice bucket challenge.
In a video posted to Facebook earlier this week, Reggie Stewart from Houston, Texas announced: “I’ve been called out for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and my granddaughter is going to do it with me.”
He then dumped a bucket of freezing water on himself and the child.
Claude Dalcour, the girl’s father, said he has reported the video to the local authorities who have since visited Stewart’s home to investigate the child’s welfare. The Texas Department of Children and Family have also been contacted.
Dalcour, who is separated from the girl’s mother, told local news station Fox26: “I was shocked, appalled. It brought me to tears. It’s abuse because my daughter is an infant. She doesn’t know what’s going on.”
Stewart has not been charged with any crime. He has since removed the video from his page.
Despite the incredible success of the challenge - it has raised over £60 million - the viral phenomenon has attracted criticism over claims that it wastes water, and also the assortment of injuries suffered by those who have taken the challenge.