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Parents Speak Out After Video Of Their 6-Month-Old Water Skiing Prompts Backlash Online


A modest milestone as a baby’s half birthday can be celebrated with a low-key party with a half-birthday cake.

But that’s not how the Humpherys roll.

Casey and Mindi Humpherys from Utah celebrated their son’s six-month birthday by taking their boy, Rich, to Lake Powell so he could go waterskiing.

The couple filmed Rich’s successful performance out on the lake and posted it to social media.

Reactions online were polarizing – with one camp of viewers praising the baby’s courage and another accusing the couple of endangering their child and calling the stunt “cruel” and “irresponsible.”

Now the baby’s parents are speaking out in response to the backlash from their viral video.

During Wednesday’s interview with Good Morning America, the couple revealed that Rich’s pediatrician approved the stunt beforehand, and doctors were there to ensure their tiny daredevil was never in harm’s way.

According to his dad, Rich currently holds the record as the youngest waterskier in the world.

Casey remained by his son’s side the entire time, and the boat never exceeded 5-miles-per-hour.

He told GMA:

“We had a separate boat out there, roughly 10 – 12 people involved total, a couple of doctors and a nurse on the boat.”

When the couple posted the clip of their family adventure on September 12, viewers outraged over the stunt called it “child abuse.”

One person expressed additional concerns, saying:

“No hat for the baby on a hot day. Legs look like they are going to break. I hope CPS takes the child away.”

Casey said he believes most of the online criticisms came from a place of caring “and people just being concerned and wanting the best for our child.  So honestly we appreciate that.”

GMA said the proud parents enrolled Rich in infant swimming classes, built him a custom-made board, and practiced simulations with him on land and in the water with supervision.

Mindi added that the pediatrician was impressed with how far along Rich developed for his age and told the couple “not to worry about” his time on the water.

After viewers were assured that a lot of precautions were taken into consideration to prep for Rich’s adventure, there had been an influx of support for the waterborne baby.

Casey remains proud of his son’s impressive feat and said:

“Whether you agree with what we’ve done for Rich, and what he’s accomplished, or not, you can understand how exciting it is to see your child accomplish something.”

Koh Mochizuki

Written by Koh Mochizuki

Koh Mochizuki is a New York-based actor and writer. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, he received his B.A. in English literature and is fluent in Japanese. Disney parks are his passion, and endless cups of coffee are a necessity. Instagram: kohster Twitter: @kohster1