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  • 15 April 2010, 9:04

Dad left baby in car to watch strippers

A New Zealand man has been arrested after he left his one-year-old baby unattended in a car while he watched strippers in a nightclub.

A passer-by called police after seeing the sleeping baby in a car parked near the Mermaid Strip Club in Wellington about 3 am, reports The Sun.

Police took the baby to hospital and arrested the 42-year-old father after he was located inside the club, Inspector Simon Perry said.

The man faces a charge of leaving a child under 14 without reasonable supervision, the inspector added.

The Child, Youth and Family agency has custody of the baby for five days while it works with the baby's relatives to decide on his future, said Ray Smith, the agency deputy chief executive.

New Zealand's commissioner for children, John Angus, said leaving a child alone in a car at night was an "extreme form of neglect".

"I would commend the member of the public who saw this poor child in the car and took some action to make it safe," Mr Angus told National Radio.

Mr Angus said he expected relatives of the baby to step in and warn the father that "it's not good enough for our child to be looked after this way".

 

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