Dad loses custody of child after using Alexa to babysit while he went to the pub

A man has pleaded guilty to child neglect after he left his daughter at home to go to the pub—while using Amazon Alexa to 'babysit' her.

The 30-year-old, who also pled guilty to intentionally strangling his partner, reportedly 'left his daughter at home' in Powys, Wales on 13 August last year while he "went to a string of pubs" in the town with his partner.

He admitted to using the Amazon Alexa app to 'keep an eye' on his daughter while out drinking.

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Llandrindrod Wells Magistrates Court heard that police were called later that night when the man attacked his partner.

Prosecutor Stephen Davies said: "The female [partner] had been drinking on the day and he was with her. She went out about 8PM as did he. The child was left in the flat.

"They went to a number of pubs and she says she can't remember anything until he was strangling her. She doesn't recall how she got home.

"The police were called and marks were noticed on her neck. She said the child had been left in the house for a short period of time."

Davies added: "When he was later interviewed he stated he had grabbed the victim by the throat. He told her to shut up and that she needed to calm down.

"He said he'd left his daughter at home, but had an Alexa camera app on his phone to monitor her snoring."

After the guilty plea, the man was handed a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for two years.

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Gareth Walters, who was defending the man, said: "He is a young man of previous good character, who has entered guilty pleas to serious offences.

"The consequences of this will be felt by him for a long time. His daughter has been taken away and it was largely him who cared for her.

"He felt he was keeping an eye on his daughter but he realises you can't do that remotely.

"There was some effort by him to keep an eye on her but he knows the standards fell below what is expected of a parent."


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