'Out of it' addict took boy from outside a shop
Published 08/03/2016 | 02:30
A drug addict who was "out of it" when he took a six-year-old boy from outside a shop before leaving him minutes later and taking his chicken nuggets has been jailed for three years.
David Ryan (28), of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to intentionally or recklessly taking the child without consent at Liffey Street Upper, Dublin, on June 11, 2015.
Sean Gillane, defending, said the State had agreed the guilty plea was on the basis of recklessness.
Ryan has 112 previous convictions including criminal damage, public order, theft and fraud.
Garda Elaine Holmes told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court the boy, who has Down syndrome, had been with his parents at a hospital appointment.
The father later left the child in a buggy facing into a shop which he went into briefly.
He returned to find the boy was gone.
The child was reunited with his father within 15 minutes.