Man who dangled baby from window in Facebook photo gets 2 years in prison

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Man Who Dangled Baby From Window In Facebook Photo Gets 2 Years In Prison

The unidentified man — who was incorrectly described as the baby's father in some news reports — sparked panic and outrage on social media when he posted a photo of himself holding the child out of a 15th-floor window on Facebook, captioning it "1,000 likes or I will drop him," according to the BBC and Al Arabiya.

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Facebook users were quick to alert authorities of the man’s behavior and demanded his arrest for child abuse. The man, who is reportedly a relative of the child, was subsequently arrested and charged with endangering the baby’s safety.

“The picture was taken in a balcony with protective barriers. These were removed,” the man said, suggesting that the photo being circulated online had been altered by social media users.

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Additionally, the child's father pleaded with the court to forgive the man and stated that he was "just playing a game," the BBC reported. The judge, however, ruled against the man, saying the picture clearly showed the child's life to be in danger.

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