Boy alone while dad out on the town

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 20/12/2013

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A four-year-old boy woke up in the morning to find no one home.

The distressed boy left home and was found by neighbours who took him inside and gave him breakfast before contacting police.

The boy's father, Jesse Paul Johnson, 31, yesterday admitted in the New Plymouth District Court to a charge of abandoning his child, who was in his sole care, and driving with excess blood alcohol.

On November 14, Johnson had been drinking with friends at his flat he shared with a flatmate, the police summary says.

At 11pm, Johnson left his son asleep in bed and headed into town with his mates to continue drinking.

The flatmate was not at home because he was working.

After drinking in town Johnson then went on to a friend's home where he fell asleep.

The boy awoke about 8.25am and, unable to find his father and upset, he went outside where the neighbours found him and cared for him.

When Johnson got home about 8.40am, the police who had arrived to the neighbour's call, took a sample of Johnson's blood finding it to be 163 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, twice the legal limit of 80mg.

Johnson told police he left home that night thinking his flatmate was there. But police believed this was untrue, the summary says.

Johnson also said he didn't intend to stay out for the night but fell asleep.

The court was told the boy was now in the care of other family members.

Johnson was remanded until January 14 for sentence.

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