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Dad Gave Young Sons Laughing Gas while Four-Wheeling

An Arizona dad was arrested on several charges after allegedly allowing his sons to inhale nitrous oxide with him while on a four-wheeling excursion.

On June 4, a man took his 12- and 13-year-old sons on a day trip to Ash Fork so they could ride around on an ATV. According to reports, the dad brought containers of laughing gas, also known as nitrous oxide, and a balloon for inhaling the substance.

While they were there, one of the kids recorded a video. Their 16-year-old sister saw it, and she told their mother that she saw the boys sucking in air from balloons, and she believed they had nitrous oxide in them. They discussed it with him, and the man allegedly did not dispute using the substance and sharing it with their sons more than once during the hours they were out riding.

The mother of the children called the authorities to report the situation, and investigators from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office collected statements from her and her teenage daughter.

Deputies went to the man’s residence and reported that they found balloons and “numerous large canisters of Nitrous Oxide” when they conducted a search.

He was taken into custody and booked into the Yavapai County Jail. He is facing preliminary charges of child abuse endangerment, possession of a vapor-releasing substance containing a toxic substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, furnishing harmful items to minors, permitting life health or morals to be imperiled by neglect, abuse, or immoral association, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. According to records, he is still incarcerated.

During their investigation, the authorities also reportedly found out that one of the children was not taken for medical treatment after he allegedly passed out from inhaling the laughing gas.

If you or someone you love is suspected of a criminal offense, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.

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