UNNAMED DAD, who left his 21-month-old son alone in a freezing van while Daddy gambled at a casino, will not be facing a criminal charge of child abandonment. How nice for Daddy.
INVISIBLE MOTHER ALERT. Where was Mom while all of this was going on?
Man who left son in casino parking lot won't face charges
Published: September 02, 2010 12:08 p.m.
Last modified: September 02, 2010 12:11 p.m.
CALGARY - A man who left his toddler son in a freezing van while he gambled in a Calgary casino will not face a criminal charge of child abandonment.
A court has withdrawn the charge because the man had already pleaded guilty to a lesser count under Alberta's Child Youth and Family Enhancement Act.
The father, who can't be named to protect his son's identity, received a one-year conditional sentence.
Court heard that he gambled in March 2009 while the temperature outside was minus 9 C.
Firefighters got into his locked vehicle and removed the 21-month-old boy.
Emergency services were called when a casino patron heard a child crying and called for help. (CHQR)