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NWA Flight Att. Sentenced For Spiking Kid's Drink

Thu Nov 13, 2003 5:31 am

I'm sure most of you remember when this was in the news. Thought I'd let everyone know the outcome of this.

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NWA flight attendant sentenced for spiking toddler's juice
Associated Press

Published November 12, 2003 FLIG13
DETROIT -- A Northwest Airlines flight attendant who spiked a toddler's apple juice with an anti-anxiety drug to stop her crying was sentenced Wednesday to four months of home confinement.

Daniel Cunningham, 39, of Ann Arbor, pleaded guilty in May to federal charges that included assault and distribution of a controlled substance on an aircraft.

The incident was discovered by the 19-month-old girl's mother, who took the juice off the Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight last August after noticing that it was bitter and foamy and had blue and white specks floating in it.

Turner had it analyzed by a laboratory, which confirmed the presence of Xanax, which is prescribed for panic attacks and anxiety, the FBI said. The drug can cause drowsiness and lightheadedness.

The girl suffered no serious injury.

Cunningham was fired by Northwest. Federal sentencing guidelines called for zero to four months' in prison.

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Courtesy of Minneapolis Star Tribune

Link to article: http://www.startribune.com/stories/484/4208471.html
 
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RE: NWA Flight Att. Sentenced For Spiking Kid's Drink

Thu Nov 13, 2003 5:44 am

And so this flight attendant should have been fired and prosecuted. Inexusable. Thankfully, the child is fine. What was going through this FA's mind is beyond me. The effect of the Xanax could perhaps have proven to be fatal.
 
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RE: NWA Flight Att. Sentenced For Spiking Kid's Drink

Thu Nov 13, 2003 6:04 am

What an idiot!? A flight attendant who can not tolerate situations like a child crying is in the wrong line of work. He deserved everything he got and then some.
 
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RE: NWA Flight Att. Sentenced For Spiking Kid's Drink

Thu Nov 13, 2003 9:22 am

4 months house arrest! What a slap on the wrist! I would have given this F/A 5 Years in the Federal pound-me-in-the-A$$ prison!
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RE: NWA Flight Att. Sentenced For Spiking Kid's Drink

Thu Nov 13, 2003 9:31 am

"4 months house arrest! What a slap on the wrist! I would have given this F/A 5 Years in the Federal pound-me-in-the-A$$ prison!"


"Federal sentencing guidelines called for zero to four months' in prison."

I dont beleive the judge could do that if federal regs state that guidelines was zero to 4 months in prison.


 
gigneil
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RE: NWA Flight Att. Sentenced For Spiking Kid's Drink

Thu Nov 13, 2003 10:00 am

The judge should have given the FA 4 months in prison.

House arrest with TV and your kitchen and your own bed and your own shower is NOT prison.

That kid could easily have died.
 
JT8D
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RE: NWA Flight Att. Sentenced For Spiking Kid's Drink

Thu Nov 13, 2003 10:09 am

I wonder how long it will be before the Civil lawsuits against the F/A and NWA are settled.

That F/A was a sad example in a profession which is filled with some of the most hard working, conscientious and patient individuals around. Too bad some will inevitably tar everyone else with the same brush.

GH

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Greg
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RE: NWA Flight Att. Sentenced For Spiking Kid's Drink

Thu Nov 13, 2003 10:29 am

Speaking strictly as a frequent flyer...she should have received a national holiday in her honour...or at the very least, a parade.

I would gladly have defended her pro bono. But, as is the case, it looks like she had fairly competent counsel.

Screaming children? Put them outside!

Yes, I'm aware this likely is the minority opinion.
 
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RE: NWA Flight Att. Sentenced For Spiking Kid's Drink

Thu Nov 13, 2003 10:41 am

Not that I have any sympathy for this idiot, but just out of curiosity, what happens when the bank forecloses on his house during this home arrest?

I mean, he's been fired by NW...and odds are any other employer won't look too kindly on his actions, so he probably hasn't made mortgage payments for awhile and won't for at least another four months....

Just a thought!  Big grin

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RE: NWA Flight Att. Sentenced For Spiking Kid's Drink

Thu Nov 13, 2003 10:59 am

It is strange that, given the option to sentence some prison time, the judge decided not too. I mean, people get put in jail for things like failing to get their dog proper treatment. Here we are talking about drugging a child. It almost seems like the judge is trying to make a statement or something, because I agree, how awful is being confined to home, really?
 
PBIflyguy
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RE: NWA Flight Att. Sentenced For Spiking Kid's Drink

Thu Nov 13, 2003 12:39 pm

Greg... you said

"Speaking strictly as a frequent flyer...she should have received a national holiday in her honour...or at the very least, a parade"

You obviously are not a parent.

Oh, and by the way the FA was Male , not Female.......
 
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RE: NWA Flight Att. Sentenced For Spiking Kid's Drink

Thu Nov 13, 2003 12:45 pm

Despite the wrong doing, ten years ago I was on a SQ flight from Athens to Singapore, there was one baby that cried almost 5 hours straight. Can you imagine the pain of all the passengers?
 
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RE: NWA Flight Att. Sentenced For Spiking Kid's Drink

Thu Nov 13, 2003 1:13 pm

I eat Xanor *Xanax*, 3 mg/day and I feel just fiiine........ Nuts
BUT for a young child it could be fatal, her breathing
could stop etc. etc. Scary!!

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LoneStarMike
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RE: NWA Flight Att. Sentenced For Spiking Kid's Drink

Fri Nov 14, 2003 4:22 am

I agree with those who say the punishment seems light. At the very least he should have also been required to perform community service.

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luv2fly
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RE: NWA Flight Att. Sentenced For Spiking Kid's Drink

Fri Nov 14, 2003 4:25 am

I agree the sentence seems light for what he did. I have been on long haul flights tho where I have thought it, tho I would never do it.
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RE: NWA Flight Att. Sentenced For Spiking Kid's Drink

Fri Nov 14, 2003 4:34 am

Drug the kid because he or she is screaming? Nah. That's what the overhead luggage storage is for.... "quiet time."  Big grin

I'm kidding!  Big grin
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RE: NWA Flight Att. Sentenced For Spiking Kid's Drink

Fri Nov 14, 2003 4:41 am

They should have sentenced the mother for bringing a screaming baby on a 8 hour flight! I'm happy I wasn't sitting next to them after a days work!  Laugh out loud