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British Prime Minister forgets his daughter in a pub: Queen's University expert

2012-06-18

Queen’s University law professor Nick Bala can talk about the news that British Prime Minister David Cameron left his 8-year-old daughter behind in a pub in Britain. News of the incident – which happened a few months ago – came out today and is making headlines in Britain. The daughter had gone to the bathroom while Cameron, his wife and the rest of the family piled into two cars and drove back home. They realized the child was left behind when they arrived home.

The good news for Canadian parents is that there would likely be no legal repercussions if they were to do something similar in this country, according to Professor Bala.

“Forgetting your child is significant but it happens to the best of us and no parent is perfect. If people are momentarily distracted, it’s not going to be a criminal act. If they are good parents, they are not going to lose custody of their children,” says Professor Bala who specializes in family and children’s law. “Intent is important. This is much different than a parent who leaves their child in a car while they go gambling in a casino or drinking in a bar – that shows a very serious lapse of judgment.”

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