Father of boy saved in Paris by Malian immigrant; to appear in court charged with negligence
Mamoudou Gassama, the migrant nicknamed "Spiderman" after footage of his daring rescue went viral in May, has since been rewarded with French citizenship and a job in the fire service.
But the four-year-old's father, who has not been named, faces a potential criminal conviction for leaving the child unattended in their 6th-floor apartment, popping out to buy groceries.
The man's lawyer Romain Ruiz said prosecutors had taken "particularly reductive" elements of the story out of context but added that the 37-year-old father admitted he had "done something really stupid".
"He is leaving his fate up to the court," Ruiz said.
Footage of the incident, filmed by a bystander below, shows him hanging over the edge, a neighbor on the adjoining balcony desperately trying to hold onto him.
Gassama, 22, then scales the building Spiderman-style and pulls him to safety.
In theory, parental negligence carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison under France's penal code and a fine of up to 30,000 euros ($35,300).
But such a sentence is thought unlikely in the case of this father, who has been allowed to keep custody of his son.