Chief Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told the BFM television network that the father has been charged with "failure to meet parental obligations" after the boy was seen in videos dangling from the building before being rescued by Mamoudou Gassama, who climbed from balcony to balcony in an awesome demonstration of strength and agility. She referred to him as the "Spider-Man of the 18th", referring to the Paris district where the rescue happened.
Mamoudou Gassama, a 22-year-old immigrant from Mali, was in the neighborhood to watch a football match when he saw a crowd gathering around the apartment building.
Gassama, 22, has even been invited to the Elysee presidential palace to meet with President Emmanuel Macron on Monday morning, an official at Macron's office said.
Paris prosecutor François Molins told the BFM television network that the father of the child had gone grocery shopping but was delayed in coming home as chose to play the smartphone game after leaving the store.
According to Molins, the father, who now faces up to two years in prison for abandoning his parental responsibilities, is devastated by the consequences of his actions.
The footage shows Gassama, who is originally from Mali, pulling himself up from one balcony to the next to reach the child.
Twenty-two year old Mamoudou Gassama, is an illegal immigrant now living in France according to a human-rights group. While he felt overwhelmed by all the journalists and reporters surrounding him as he left the palace, he spoke of Macron and how the French president that given him a "present", and that this is the first time in his life he had been offered anything like that.
The migrant admitted he was "trembling" after the rescue, but told the French president: "When I started to climb, it gave me courage to keep climbing". Gassama said he never thought about failure: "I thought I would be able to help him. I had the pleasure of talking with him today by phone, to thank him warmly".
Gassama spoke to Macron about the rescue and about his hard journey to France from his home country Mali. Gassama reportedly arrived in France a year ago, after crossing the Mediterranean and arriving in Italy.
The man said his older brother has lived in the country for decades, according to the AP.
"You saved a child".
"Things could have turned out much worse so I am relieved", she said, adding that she was impatient to be reunited with her son and husband.
Gassama told Macron he was arrested and beaten during his long rough stay in Libya, "but I wasn't discouraged".
Working as a firefighter corresponds with his skills, Macron said, and opened the door for him to join.
The family of the young boy saved by "Spiderman" Mamoudou Gassama in a daring rescue that won him global acclaim and a promise of French citizenship has thanked the Malian youth for his quick thinking.
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