Father arrested after urging his daughter to harm seagulls
A man from Canada was reportedly arrested on Wednesday for endangering the welfare of a child after allowing his daughter to bait and kill a seagull on the beach near Wilmington Avenue.
At around 1:45 PM, officers say they responded to the beach after the Beach Patrol had received complaints of a female trying to hit seagulls with a shovel.
According to the report, when officers arrived, they interviewed witnesses and learned that a teenage girl was placing food in a hole dug in the sand to lure seagulls to land. The witnesses then said that when the seagulls would try to get the food, the teenager would swing at them with a plastic shovel.
Officers were told that the teenager had hit one seagull and killed it, and the seagull was found in a trashcan nearby, where the Father, Christian Lesieur, 48, of Quebec, Canada, had apparently gotten rid of it.
Witnesses told police that while the teenager swung at the seagulls, Lesieur laughed. One witness reportedly told police that he approached Lesieur and told him that his daughter should not be trying to hit the seagulls and he laughed at him. When police contacted Lesieur on the beach, he was reportedly drinking alcohol.
Officers say they took Lesieur and his 13-year-old daughter to the police department for further investigation, and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control was contacted to investigate the killing of the seagull.
Lesieur while in custody made reportedly multiple jokes in regards to the incident, and while his daughter was crying, he proceeded to make comments in regards to her spending the night in jail, causing her to become even more emotionally upset.
According to the report, Lesieur was arrested for one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor offense, and released on $500 unsecured bail to a sober co-signer.
The daughter reportedly was not charged by DNREC officials for killing the seagull, a violation of federal laws and regulations pertaining to migratory birds; however, they did educate the teenager in regards to her actions.