Prosecutor: Father Of Kid Rescued By 'Real-Life Spider-Man' Was Playing Pokemon GO

A Malian immigrant heroically rescued a four-year-old Parisian child dangling from a balcony on Monday with Spider-Man-like nimbleness. Today, we got an answer to the million-dollar question, "Where were his parents?" According to authorities, the parent he lives with, his father, was out catching Pokemon.

Hero Mamoudou Gassama, who rescued a dangling four-year-old from a balcony in Paris. Photo: Thibault Camus (AP Images)

Over the last day, the video of rescuer-slash-IRL superhero Mamoudou Gassama swiftly scaling four storeys to the child's home went viral. In fact, French president Emmanuel Macron personally gave Gassama a gold medal and a certificate for his feat of bravery.

"I didn't think about it. I climbed up and God helped me," said Gassama to Macron, according to CNN.

In the meantime, the crying toddler's dad had left his child alone to go out shopping. Apparently, what was keeping him out longer than expected was Pokemon GO, said Paris' chief prosecutor: "The father left the apartment (to go) shopping and then decided to play Pokemon GO in the street which took a little time before he returned home."

The prosecutor added that the child's father had left a window open, which allowed him to escape.

After an investigation, the father was taken into custody for "failure to meet parental obligations". He faces up to two years in prison.


Comments

    So what is that adult already on the balcony doing?

      He is on the balcony next door and cannot reach the kid without having the balls to climb.

      You can see a glass divider in one of the images, that is why he is reaching out and around to grab the kid.

        It seemed like he had a decent grip on the kid's arm, I was wondering why he didn't pull him up onto their own balcony. I can only think he must have been worried that at the angle he was reaching, the kid's arm might have slipped from his grip if he pulled him around.

    "The father left the apartment (to go) shopping and then decided to play Pokemon GO in the street which took a little time before he returned home."

    Whilst it may be that he was playing Pokemon GO, that should hardly be the take-away here. That the father left the child unattended in the first place is what the focus should be on. If he was playing P-GO for 5 hours then sure, perhaps there's some finger-pointing to be done, but I don't think we're there yet.

      Naw, the video game is clearly the true evil... And no accountability should be placed upon the individual seduced by its wickedness.

      Nobody has blamed Pokemon go in this case yet to my knowledge. It has simply been pointed out, factually, that its what he was out doing.

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