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Idaho babysitter ‘was in bar’ while 4-year-old roamed parking lot

A group of people pose at a bar in this unrelated file photo. Source: Facebook

A group of people pose at a bar in this unrelated file photo. Source: Facebook

Police in eastern Idaho say that a 27-year old babysitter responsible for a 4-year-old girl was in a bar, while the child was found wandering around a parking lot. The man now faces a charge of misdemeanor injury to a child.

According to witnesses, the child was seen in the parking lot before the accused ‘came out of the bar and put the child back into a vehicle’.

The accused then allegedly returned to the bar. Police reportedly called the child’s mother, who said that the accused was babysitting the child.

The accused was taken into police custody. According to reports by local media outlets, it is not immediately clear if the accused has an attorney.

Social media users have taken an unsurprisingly negative view of the incident, calling the babysitter’s actions variously as ‘irresponsible’, ‘reckless’ and ‘selfish’. However, some commentators called fall further details to be revealed before judging the accused. “Children can be a real handful at times,” wrote one man. “It’s actually not very surprising the babysitter was forced to the bottle. I had to look after my relative’s kids for just 10 minutes before I hit the scotch.”

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