A Canadian man isn’t exactly going to win the “father of the year” award after he was busted for using beer for a booster seat for his kid.
Police in Ontario said they pulled over a man around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday and were shocked with what they found inside.
His 2-year-old was sitting on a 30 pack of beer, which was being used as a safety seat substitution, according to police.
2-year-old unharmed in @NorthPerth1 when @TwpWellNorth driver used a case of beer for a booster-seat. Driver charged w/ failing to ensure child properly seat-belted. Children under 40lbs require child-seat and under 8years&80lbs&4'9" require a booster ^JC #WellingtonOPP #PerthOPP pic.twitter.com/EmWqmT62R3
— OPP West (@OPP_WR) July 10, 2019
The 22-year-old dad was charged with failure to properly ensure a toddler. Police gave him a proper safety seat. They say they also let child services know.
They didn’t realize the name of the man, but said people need to learn from this.
In Canada, laws are similar to America, where all children and infants must be secured in a child safety seat.
One such law was signed by Maine Gov. Janet Mills last month that makes changes to existing child safety regulations.
This new law requires children under the age of 2 be placed in a rear-facing car seat. Kids over 2-years-old who weigh less than 55 pounds are required to be harnessed in a front-facing car seat.
It’s a new weight requirement that’s up from 40 pounds under the old law. On top of that, children under the age of 8 who weigh less than 80 pounds and are 57 inches or shorter must be in a booster seat.
As for children under the age of 12 who weigh less than 100 pounds, state law still mandates that they be in the back seat of a vehicle.
That father gives the Florida dad arrested a run for his money.
We’re talking about the Fort Meyers father who chose a lap dance at a local strip club over making sure his two kids were safe, according to law enforcement authorities. One child was merely 3-months-old, reported Fox News.
Police in Fort Meyers said they arrested Willie Jordan Jr. (pictured) at Scarlett’s strip club after two young children, one aged 3-months and the other 3-years old, were found in the backseat of a car in a parking lot.
Jordan Jr., who faces child neglect charges, reportedly told officers he was only inside the club for a minute or two, WBBH-TV reported.
Yet the club’s general manager painted a different picture.
Christopher Mays told the station Jordan was inside “enjoying himself” for at least 30-40 minutes before police showed up.
“[There was] a 3-month-old boy who’s not strapped in the car seat, upside down, [his] head is where its butt should be, feet up in the air,” Mays said. “God only knows how much longer an upside down infant has in a car seat.”
Understandably, the infant was crying. Finally, the crying baby got the attention of another person who quickly called for help, police said.
Meanwhile, the strip club staff and a concerned customer helped the 3-year-old unlock the car from the inside, freeing the kids, Mays said.
“It’s devastating . . . it’s devastating that people can do that to children . . . it really opens your eyes to what goes on in this world, how nasty things can be,” Mays told WINK News.
Under Florida law children under 6 years may be left in a car unattended up to 15 minutes, reported WINK News; but a 3-month old being left upside down?
“Believe it or not, there’s only 19 states that I could find that actually has laws about keeping a child in a car unattended,” Criminal Defense Attorney Lance Dunford said.
Mays, who’s also a father, said this is a first at Scarlett’s.
Consequently, the Department of Children and Families was contacted.