- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 17, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) | California authorities slapped a Web site Tuesday with a series of child labor law violations for videotaping two of Nadya Suleman’s octuplets without safeguards required to protect their health and safety.

State Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet said RadarOnline.com endangered the newborns, Noah and Isaiah Suleman, by failing to get required state permits, videotaping the infants at hours and for periods of time banned by regulations, and failing to provide a monitor to oversee their welfare.

“These babies were put at risk and exposed to conditions that violated California labor laws,” Miss Bradstreet said. “In this case, we are dealing with premature babies.”

Miss Suleman had an exclusive contract with the Web site that permitted videotaping of the children, according to a copy of the agreement.

Chris Myers of Radar Online said he hadn’t seen the labor law citations and had no immediate comment. The site’s executive vice president, David Perel, did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Calls to Miss Suleman’s attorney, Jeff Czech, were not returned. The citations name the Web site only.

The four violations deal with March 17, when the two infants were the first of Miss Suleman’s octuplets to be brought to her home in La Habra, a Los Angeles suburb. They were greeted by a crush of photographers, neighbors and curious onlookers.

The citations carry penalties totaling as much as $3,000, but state officials stressed that the investigation was continuing. It’s possible other violations could follow targeting other days or other children.

Miss Suleman, gave birth to the octuplets nine weeks premature Jan. 26. She has six other children, ages 2 to 7. The births set off a media frenzy, with public adoration soon turning to scorn with revelations that Miss Suleman was unemployed and had conceived all of her children through in vitro fertilization.

The octuplets, who at birth weighed from 1 pound, 8 ounces to 3 pounds, 4 ounces, spent their first weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center.

Radar Online has posted more than 100 items about Miss Suleman’s personal life on its site, many of which include video. The footage includes squabbles with her mother, a trip to Disneyland with her daughter, and her vow of celibacy.

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