A DAD has appeared in court after being seen drunk while in charge of a child, and leaving the child’s push chair in the middle of the street.
John Ridout, aged 21, was reported to police after being seen by a woman drinking out of a bottle of WKD while in charge of a two-year-old who was in a push chair.
Ridout, from George Manning Way in Gowerton, was seen stumbling backwards and appeared to be unsteady on his feet when seen by officers, Sian Vaughan told Swansea Magistrates’ Court.
The child was seen wearing just a t-shirt and jeans, with no shoes, despite it being 10.20pm.
When police officers arrived they described the child’s face and hands as being “extremely cold”.
Officers used a blanket and gloves which they found in the pram to put on the child.
The child was crying, upset and exhausted.
The witness said she was “horrified” to see Ridout leave the child unattended in the middle of the street, something Ridout disputes had happened, but she described him as making “no effort” to move the child.
Ridout, who had been shouting abuse at the woman, told officers he had been at his grandfather’s funeral that day and as far as he was concerned, he was “allowed to be drunk”.
Rhys Davies, for Ridout, said his client had pleaded guilty to the offence of being drunk in charge of a child and that he had co-operated fully with police when they had arrived at the scene in Gorseinon.
Mr Davies said: “He is quite distressed by this and he regrets his actions greatly. There was no suggestion of neglect or ill-treatment of the child.”
City magistrates adjourned sentence until next week.