Frenchman convicted for leaving child outside nightclub
A French court on Thursday handed an eight-month suspended jail sentence to a man who left his four-year-old daughter in the freezing cold outside a nightclub while he partied inside.
The court in Colmar in eastern France heard that the 36-year-old hotel worker drank three or four litres of beer at a friend's house one night last month before going home and finding his daughter fast asleep.
He then decided to go clubbing and put the girl in the back of his car and drove to the Evasion discotheque in the town of Riquewihr, where he left her in the vehicle and went inside to carry on drinking.
Police arrived at the scene after being alerted by clubbers who spotted the girl wandering around the car park around 3:30 am saying she was sick of waiting in the car.
The father, who is separated from the child's mother, told the court he recognised that he had made a "big mistake" and promised to try to work on his alcohol problem.
He was convicted of neglecting his parental duties.
© 2010 AFP