- November 12, 2007 at 2:26 pm #254219
Local Toddler Sickened By Aqua Dots
Chinese-Made Toy Recalled In U.S.
POSTED: 12:03 pm CST November 9, 2007
UPDATED: 1:03 pm CST November 9, 2007
twin lakes, wis. — a wisconsin family got the scare of their lives
monday night when their toddler became unexplainably ill, lethargic
“pretty much what they did … they sold me poison in a box for my
kid,” said jason batcheller, whose daughter was hospitalized after
ingesting pieces of a toy called aqua dots.
aqua dots recalled
nbc5 reported that there was a major recall announced on Thursday and
experts say if you have Aqua Dots in your house, get rid of them.
The recall covers 4.2 million packages of Aqua Dots. The Chinese
factory where they were made allegedly used a toxic chemical instead
NBC5’s Rob Elgas told the exclusive story of a local victim, 13-month
old Riley Batcheller. He said that in less than 20 minutes the child
transformed from a happy toddler to an unresponsive youngster. What
followed was panic, an airlift to a Milwaukee hospital and near
“She was limp in my arms,” the baby’s mother, Kelly Batcheller
said. “She wouldn’t hold up her head … her arms were limp …
were so many things running through my head. I’m like, should I not
have picked her up? Did she fall? Is her neck broken?”
The girl’s father, Jason Batcheller, recalls the chaos that followed.
“The ambulance came and she started throwing up Aqua Dots, you know,
a kid’s toy,” he said.
“All the sudden she just let out this loud cry, and then she started
puking,” Kelly Batcheller said.
It all happened at the family’s Twin Lakes, Wis., home. It was before
the recall was announced and the Batchellers had no idea what was
hurting their toddler, Elgas said.
“I’m thinking, ‘A child’s toy just almost killed my little girl?'”
“In 15 minutes, she went from happy to, just, completely
unconscious,” his wife added.
Aqua Dots, a highly popular holiday toy sold by Australia-based Moose
Enterprises, are beads that can be arranged into designs and fused
when sprayed with water. The toy was pulled from shelves in North
American and Australia after scientists found they contain a chemical
that converts into a dangerous drug when eaten. Two children in the
U.S. and three in Australia were hospitalized after swallowing the
Scientists say a chemical coating on the beads, when ingested,
metabolizes into the so-called date rape drug, gamma hydroxy
butyrate. When eaten, the compound — made from common and easily
available ingredients — can induce unconsciousness, seizures,
drowsiness, coma and death. Officials in Hong Kong are testing the
Elgas said that Riley’s vomiting may have saved her life.
“She’s got an angel watching over her, that’s for sure, ” her mother
Riley’s parents believe that she may have ingested more than 40
pellets from the Aqua Dots package. What’s more frightening, Elgas
said, is that her grandmother went to a local store Thursday night
and saw the toy on the store shelf.
She insisted that store staff remove them and said that only after a
call was made to the store’s headquarters, did they comply.
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