The father of a 4-year-old boy who was rescued from a Paris balcony this weekend had been out grocery shopping and playing Pokémon Go instead of watching his child, according to a French official.
Authorities charged the father with “failure to meet parental obligations” after his son was seen in videos dangling from the fourth floor of a Paris building, Paris prosecutor François Molins told the BFM television network on Monday.
A migrant from Mali was hailed as a hero after scaling the building and pulling the young boy to safety. Videos of 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama’s climb went viral and French President Emmanuel Macron said he would put Gassama on a fast track to citizenship.
The boy’s mother was not home either, Molins said, because she was visiting France’s Réunion Island, in the Indian Ocean, with family members.
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SOURCE: ABC News, Paul Pradier and Ben Gittleson