Man Indicted For Poisoning His Own Children

ATLANTA -- A Stockbridge man was indicted today by a federal grand jury – accused of poisoning his own children’s soup so that he could get money from Campbell’s.

Officials say William Allen Cunningham, 40, of Stockbridge fed his children, ages 3 and 18 months, Campbell’s soup that he tampered with by placing drugs in the soup on three different occasions. All three times his children were taken to the emergency room for treatment.

Officials say on the third occasion, Cunningham fed the children soup with prescription drugs Prozac and Amitriptyline in it. Cunningham’s daughter had to be life-flighted to an Atlanta hospital. The poisoning caused both children to be hospitalized for an extended time.

Cunningham faces charges of tampering with consumer products with reckless disregard for the risk that another person would be placed in danger of death or serious bodily injury, mail fraud, wire fraud and communicating false statements that a consumer product had been tampered with.

United States Attorney David E. Nahmias said of the case, "This parent allegedly committed a horrific crime, putting foreign substances, including prescription drugs, in soup that he fed his young children on three different occasions, resulting in multiple trips to the emergency room, in hopes of getting money from the soup manufacturer. In statements to police in Clayton County, he allegedly said he intended to get money by suing the makers of the soup claiming the product was the cause of the children's sickness. This case is serious and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

Cunningham is expected to have an initial appearance, bond hearing and arraignment next week.

The charges carry a maximum sentence of 75 years in prison and a fine up to $1,500,000.

Where is the firing squad when we need it?