LOS ANGELES – California authorities have slapped an online site with a series of child-labour law violations for videotaping two of Nadya Suleman’s octuplets.
State Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet says RadarOnline endangered the newborns, Noah and Isaiah Suleman, by failing to get required state permits and videotaping the infants at hours and for periods of time banned by regulations.
Bradstreet says the babies “were put at risk and exposed to conditions that violated California labour laws.”
She adds: “In this case, we are dealing with premature babies.”
Suleman had an exclusive contract with the website that permitted videotaping of the children, according to a copy reviewed by The Associated Press.
Chris Myers of RadarOnline said he hadn’t seen the violations and had no immediate comment.
The site’s executive vice-president, David Perel, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
Suleman, a single mother who already had six children, gave birth to her octuplets on Jan. 26.
The births set off media frenzy, with public adoration soon turning to scorn with revelations that Suleman was unemployed and had conceived all her children through in vitro fertilization.