A DAD was left outraged after he was quizzed by cops for telling off his screaming three-year-old daughter in a play centre.
Single parent Anton Sinclair says he’s been too “scared” to take his child out after telling off his daughter after a typical toddler tantrum resulted in a visit from the police, the Liverpool Echo reports.
He said he held his daughter’s arms at her side after she kicked and screamed in a 20-minute outburst at Kidz Fantasy Land, Liverpool, on Wednesday.
After she’d eventually calmed down he says they went home happily together and he forgot the incident.
But eight hours later Mr Sinclair was horrified to find police knocking on his door.
He added: “At 9pm police attended and said there was an allegation, he wouldn’t disclose the exact allegation but essentially that I’d hit my daughter.”
After Anton explained what had happened, the officer said they had “no concerns”.
They explained that in such cases where concern for safety of a child has been raised the police must follow a duty of care procedure in all cases, the Echo reports.
Describing the incident, he said: “She kicked off telling me no, screaming, kicking me, punching me, slapping me.
I’m scared to take my child out now, I want to have a body camera or something. I’m dumbfounded and can’t believe it. I thought the officer was for something else
“She calmed down, I took her back in and she played for half an hour – happy days, we left hand in hand, smiling.”
Mr Sinclair told the Echo: “I feel it’s a joke you can’t tell your child off or have a day out as a single parent without police coming to the door[….or] without people making reports on you.”
He said the incident had caused upset among his family, resulting in the police needing to visit his daughter who lives at another address with his partner.
“I’m a good parent,” he added. “It’s upset her mum, upset me.”
Now the worried dad feels anxious about what might happen on future outings.
He said: “I’m scared to take my child out now, I want to have a body camera or something. “I’m dumbfounded and can’t believe it. I thought the officer was for something else.”
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A member of staff at Kidz Fantasy Land confirmed to the Echo they had no concerns about the girl’s welfare.
They said: “It was a customer, we weren’t aware of it ourselves until the police arrived. We only knew about it once police arrived.
“We were happy he was fine and he said he was just a bit frustrated.”
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