Father of child in ‘Spiderman’ rescue was playing Pokemon Go

Father of child in ‘Spiderman’ rescue was playing Pokemon Go

Father of child in ‘Spiderman’ rescue was playing Pokemon Go

The father of the toddler at the centre of a dramatic balcony rescue in Paris was out playing Pokemon Go during the nerve-wracking incident, according to reports. His mother was out of town.

The dad faces up to two years in prison for abandoning his parental responsibilities and will be sentenced in September, Paris prosecutor spokesman Bruno Badre said.

Mali immigrant rescues dangling child from balcony in Paris, France, in this May 26, 2018 still image obtained May 28, 2018 from social media video.

The daring feat was caught on video, which quickly went viral. Sounds like Gassama will be putting those scaling skills to good use.

He later told French President Emmanuel Macon, who invited Gassama to the Elysee Palace to thank him personally, that the decision to climb the building had been a spontaneous one.

During Monday's meeting with Macron, Gassama was presented a certificate and a gold medal for performing an act of courage and determination.

"I went straight up", Gassama, who wore jeans and a short-sleeved patterned shirt, told Macron, recounting the episode.

And what a lucky break for the baby having Gassama there with the brawn to get the job done.

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It remained unclear how the child ended up on the balcony's ledge.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo was among many who praised the 22-year-old's courageous act, calling him an "example for all citizens". "The more I climbed the more I had the courage to climb up higher, that's it".

But it turns out the child's father is now in very hot water over what he was doing at the time of the rescue. The father was later held for questioning by police for having left his child unattended and was due in court later, CBS News reported.

The 22-year-old, whom the Paris mayor dubbed "Spider-Man", said he was about to watch a soccer game Saturday at a restaurant when he saw a lot of people yelling and cars honking.

The French president said Gassama's actions made him deserving of special treatment.

"I did it because it was a child", the paper quoted him saying. "I ran across the road to go and save him".

But it is France that wants to thank Gassama.

"We can only thank him and thank heaven he was so reactive", she told Antenne Reunion radio late on Monday.

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