Kid was found wandering in the street after baby sitter left him and went drinking

Patrick Halon, a 19-year-old man from Peterhead, Scotland, was fined approximately $260 after pleading guilty to willfully abandoning the child he was supposed to take care.

The incident took place in the early hours of August 5, 2018. Halon was hired to babysit a child, whose name was not revealed for legal reasons. However, once the boy fell asleep, the then-18-year-old man left the house and went to a bar to have some drinks.

Unfortunately, the primary-school-aged boy woke up. Halon didn’t lock the doors when he left, so the child managed to get out of the house. After a while, two people found the scared child resting on a wall outside the property.

Patrick Halon posing in a mirror | Source: Cascade News

Patrick Halon posing in a mirror | Source: Cascade News


Even though the boy didn’t suffer any injury, one of the most disturbing aspects of the incident is that the house is close to a busy road, so the outcome could have been completely different.

Peterhead Sheriff Court | Source: The Press and Journal

Peterhead Sheriff Court | Source: The Press and Journal

Fiscal depute Ruairdh McAlister revealed that police was informed of the situation and caught up with Halon, who was under the influence of alcohol. After investigating more aspects of the incident, Halon was taken to Peterhead Sheriff Court on January 29.


The man pleaded guilty to willfully abandoning the child and exposing him in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health. He admitted, though, that he left the boy alone because he thought another person would come and take care of him, something that never happened.

Stuart Flowerdew, the defense of Halon, said,

“Mr. Halon accepts full responsibility for this and these are not the actions of an adult. Lessons have been learned, but he is aware this could’ve been a lot worse. He was in charge and thought someone else was coming to babysit and they didn’t arrive.  It was entirely his responsibility.”

Sheriff Christine McCrossan, in charge of Halon’s case, fined the man £200 (approximately $262). Unfortunately, it was not the first time that a babysitter gets arrested for not taking care of a child.


Jakayo Scott Frye and Shyann Marie Hills, both 22, were charged on August 1, 2018, with at least a dozen of crimes, including unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, child endangerment and aggravated assault.

The couple was in charged of taking care of four children while their mother vacationed in North Carolina for a week. Unfortunately, Jakayo and Shyann abused the children for six days, forcing them to drink dog’s urine and beating them.

Jakayo pleaded guilty to unlawful restraint, endangering the welfare of children, and recklessly endangering another person. He is expected to be sentenced in March. Shyann, on the other hand, is still awaiting trial.

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