NY man pleads guilty to YouTube baby food threat

Thu Dec 18, 2008 6:53pm EST
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York man pleaded guilty on Thursday to posting videos on YouTube in which he claimed he had arranged to poison millions of containers of Gerber baby food with the intent to kill babies.

Anton Dunn, 43, who called himself "Trashman," pleaded guilty to one count of transmitting threats in interstate commerce and faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, said acting U.S. attorney Lev Dassin.

Dunn posted his first video -- in which he wore a black mask -- on April 20, 2008, and followed up with a further two videos, posted on July 24 and July 27.

"In the video, entitled "gerbersbabyfoodalert," Dunn stated that Gerber employees acting at his direction had poisoned millions of bottles of Gerber baby food, to kill babies who ate it," Dassin said in a statement.

"Dunn further stated that it was "too late" to do anything about the poisoned baby food because it had already been shipped to consumers," he said.

Gerber, which is owned by Switzerland-based Nestle SA, found no evidence that anyone had tampered with its baby food.

Dunn will be sentenced on March 20.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols, editing by Anthony Boadle)

 
<p>A man looks at YouTube's web site in a file photo. REUTERS/Peter Jones</p>