Dad criticized for laughing at hurt toddler

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (FTN) – A Terre Haute dad is in hot water after he reportedly laughed at his two-year-old when he hurt himself. It happened on Monday morning in southern Vigo County. Two-year-old Alexander Essex was reportedly hopping through the dining room and banged his chin on the kitchen table. That is when the boy’s father allegedly laughed at him. That dad is 34-year-old Chris Essex. Seconds after Alex hit the table, he started crying. Chris said he laughed to try to steer the mood away from hurt. “I wasn’t making fun of him. I was trying to keep him from crying. I feel like a jerk. Go away,” Chris said.It took Alex’s mother Ami hitting the table saying “bad table” to calm the toddler down. “We have this thing, if he hurts himself on something we call it bad…and it makes him laugh. I get what Chris was trying to do…but he just looked like a d-bag,” Ami told us. “I was just trying to get him to react differently. I’m sorry,” Chris said. As for Alex, he is just fine and was later spotted climbing on the same table.

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