Que­bec man forced daugh­ter to stay at ta­ble for 13 hours

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

GATINEAU, Que. — A Que­bec man was sen­tenced ear­lier this year af­ter forc­ing his eight-year-old daugh­ter to sit at the din­ner ta­ble for 13 hours over an un­eaten serv­ing of brus­sels sprouts.

The court heard that a heated bat­tle over the veg­eta­bles in Jan­uary 2016 re­sulted in the daugh­ter not be­ing al­lowed to go to the bath­room or change af­ter she’d soiled her­self.

She was shiv­er­ing and suf­fer­ing from hy­pother­mia and even­tu­ally agreed to eat what was left on her plate, only to vomit right af­ter. Ac­cord­ing to a judg­ment handed down last Jan­uary in the case of the 42-year-old fa­ther from Gatineau in western Que­bec, only then was she per­mit­ted to have a shower and go to sleep.

The judg­ment also said the fa­ther kept the one re­main­ing sprout on her plate for her to eat upon get­ting up. He even­tu­ally pleaded guilty to one count of un­law­ful con­fine­ment and was sen­tenced to four months to be served in the com­mu­nity as well as hav­ing to pay a $500 char­i­ta­ble dona­tion and per­form com­mu­nity ser­vice.

The man re­counted the stand­off in a se­ries of text mes­sages the next morn­ing with his ex, the girl’s mother.

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