A Quebec man was sentenced to four months of community service and a $500 “charity” fine after engaging in a 13-hour standoff with his eight-year-old over uneaten brussels sprouts.
The great vegetable fracas took place in January 2016, when the 42-year-old man from Gatineau did not allow the little girl to leave the table until she had eaten her food, despite having soiled herself.
The little girl -who was allegedly shivering from hypothermia- eventually broke down and ate the sprouts, vomiting immediately after.
After the father was satisfied, he permitted the child to shower and sleep.
According to the judgement obtained by CTV Montreal, the father left one remaining brussels sprout on the child’s plate, to eat after she woke up.
The incident was recounted via text message in a conversation with the girl’s mother, who is no longer involved with the man.
Quebec court Judge Jean-Francois Gosselin referred to the case as “aberrant and disturbing,” adding that there was nothing currently on the books to compare this incident to.
By the end of the trial, the father pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful confinement.
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