Dad who left baby to go drinking gets 10 months
Peter Kanabee, 31, pleaded guilty Thursday to a single charge of failing to provide the necessaries of life.
'There's just no ability to trust this individual with children.'—Crown attorney Terry McCombThe Crown stayed charges of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and child abandonment.
Court heard that on Feb 11, Kanabee came to the city by overnight bus from Thompson with his nine-month-old daughter so she could attend a medical appointment.
According to the Crown, the pair checked into the St. Regis hotel at about 10 p.m. CT, but by 11 p.m. Kanabee had left his daughter on the floor of the room to go outside for a cigarette.
He met up with a friend outside who offered him liquor. He once tried to return to the hotel but was removed by security for being intoxicated. Without saying anything to guards about the baby in his room, he left and went to a house party in the North End where he drank 10 beers and passed out, Crown attorney Terry McComb said.
Kanabee returned to the hotel at 2 p.m. the next day and was immediately arrested by police who had been called there by staff because of the abandoned baby.
He has been behind bars ever since, after being denied bail a few days after his arrest.
Infant's screams alert staffThe terrified infant was discovered prior to Kanabee's return after guests overheard its frantic screams for attention at 11 a.m.
Staff opened the door of the room and found the baby on the floor behind the door. She was suffering from extreme diaper rash and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Police were called and took charge of the situation. After finding Kanabee's photo and ID in his knapsack, they waited for him to return.
He initially told them that he had tried to get back in the hotel three times, but surveillance footage showed he only came back once, McComb said.
McComb asked Judge Ted Lismer to sentence Kanabee to four more months in jail, saying the defenceless infant was completely dependent on him to look out for her welfare.
"She was not even a toddler that could knock on the door or yell for help," McComb said. "His absence relates to his own selfish interest."
'Severe danger'Kanabee was granted two-for-one credit for the three months he spent in jail before pleading guilty. He was charged just a week prior to a law taking effect that eliminates the time-served credit for remanded prisoners.
Lismer also granted a Crown request that Kanabee serve three years of probation after his release, with special conditions limiting his contact with minors.
"There's just no ability to trust this individual with children," McComb said.
'I get stressed and frustrated and I give up.'—Peter KanabeeKanabee has suffered with an alcohol problem for more than a decade, his lawyer said.
He had every intention of going back to the hotel, but the liquor got the better of him.
He passed out and had trouble finding his way back downtown, Rod Brecht said, adding that Kanabee is extremely remorseful.
"Certainly it was a dereliction of his parental responsibility," Brecht said.
Lismer chided Kanabee for putting the girl in "severe danger," saying that it was possible the baby could have been seriously hurt or even died.
In a rambling address to the court, Kanabee promised he was trying to change his life and deal with his addiction issues.
"I didn't have a father figure to teach me right from wrong," he said. "I get stressed and frustrated and I give up.
"I should have stayed with my daughter at all times," he said.
"I'm very sorry, especially to my baby daughter," Kanabee added.
Father jailed after abadoning baby to go drinking
A "SELFISH" father has pleaded guilty to leaving his nine-month-old daughter alone in a downtown Winnipeg hotel room for nearly 16 hours while he drank, partied and passed out.
The 31-year-old -- who can't be named under the Child and Family Services Act because it would identify the child -- was given a 10-month jail sentence Thursday under a joint recommendation from Crown and defence lawyers. He admitted to a charge of failing to provide the necessities of life.
"I didn't have a father figure to teach me right from wrong," the man told provincial court Judge Theodore Lismer. "I get stressed and frustrated and I give up. I should have stayed with my daughter at all times."
The man and his daughter live in Thompson but had come to Winnipeg for a medical appointment. They checked into the St. Regis Hotel on Main Street around 10 p.m. and the father left the room about an hour later. He originally went outside to have a cigarette, but claims he met a friend who offered him some alcohol. The pair then went to a house party in the North End, where he drank at least 10 beers and passed out.
The father returned to the hotel around 2 p.m. the following day and was greeted by waiting police officers. Staff at the hotel had found the child about 10:30 a.m. after a guest reported the sound of crying.
By the headline saying that he "abandoned his baby to go drinking" implies that it was a conscious choice. When you have an addiction, it can overcome you and it is no longer a conscious choice. It's all you think about. Also, this article is biased as it says "the selfish father." An addicted father is not selfish. The article fails to mention that this father has been struggling with an addiction for years, or any other mitigating factors and statements by the defence.
Prison does not offer effective substance abuse programs and therefore, will not be of any benefit to this man. He should not have been sentenced to prison at all. This man suffers from alcoholism and should have been helped. Being overly punitive will not solve any problems and is no solution. Alcohol abuse is a symptom of deeper problems in a person's life and he should also be provided with counselling. Maybe he grew up in an neglectful or abusive childhood environment. We need to address these issues to prevent further crime. Addicts dont stop being addicts by being sent to prison for crimes they committed while intoxicated. Prison is over-relied on when resources should be used at getting to the root of the problem. Substance dependence is a mental disorder and this man needs assistance not prison. This man obviously has a sense of responsibility and cares for his child as he took her to Winnipeg for a medical appointment. It doesnt sound as if he was neglectful usually. His daughter should be returned to him once he gets his life under control and combats his alcohol problem. He is more of a danger to himself than society.