Man who left son in casino parking lot won't face charges

<p>CALGARY - A man who left his toddler son in a freezing van while hegambled in a Calgary casino will not face a criminal charge of childabandonment.</p>

 

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A court has withdrawn the charge because the man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)