Outaouais man forced his daughter to sit and finish her Brussels sprouts — for 13 hours
An Outaouais was found to have taken the "you can't leave the table until you finish your vegetables" approach to parenting to a criminal extreme.
The man was sentenced to four months of house arrest for engaging in an all-night battle of wills with his 8-year-old daughter over Brussels sprouts.
La Presse reports the incident took place on Jan. 23, 2016 — the 42-year-old man forced his 8-year-old daughter to remain at the dinner table for 13 hours, from dinnertime until 8 a.m. on the morning of Jan. 24, because she refused to finish her Brussels sprouts.
The news outlet reports he even refused her access to the bathroom, leaving the girl sitting in her own urine for part of that time. She was also said to have suffered from hypothermia, was woken up by her dad whenever she nodded off in her chair, and ended up throwing up when she finally gave in and ate the vegetables.
La Presse reports a series of text messages between the man and her former partner describing the incident — with him suggesting he was trying to "break" the child's resolve — led the woman to call authorities.
The 42-year-old man, who can't be named to protect the child's identity, was initially charged with kidnapping, assault and assault with a weapon before pleading guilty to a charge of forcible confinement.
In his decision, Quebec Court judge Jean-François Gosselin described the situation as "troubling" and "cruel", and suggested the man went way over the line.
CJAD 800 spoke with child psychologist Dr. Rina Gupta, who suggests the situation is all the more disturbing considering the man teaches special education at a CEGEP.
"That this individual has the idea that he's going to get results through bullying, intimidation and intent to control is definitely concerning," she said.