Dad who fell on baby girl gets 5-year prison sentence

A man who was drunk and fell on his 2-month-old daughter is going to prison.

Richard Carlos Fontaine sentenced Monday

A man who was drunk and fell on his two-month-old baby girl is going to prison.

It happened at a Clearwater Dene First Nation home in August 2010, a Prince Albert court heard Monday.

Richard Carlos Fontaine, 49, drank a bottle of wine and smoked marijuana on the day it happened.

He said he was carrying the girl when he tripped and fell on top of her. 

The infant hit her head on the ground. She was flown from the reserve to hospital in Saskatoon, where she was treated for a contusion on her lung and bruises. She recovered and was taken into custody by a child welfare agency.

Fontaine has been sentenced to five years behind bars for criminal negligence causing bodily harm. 

The judge described Fontaine as a chronic alcoholic who would likely be back drinking when he got out of custody.

Fontaine said he was sorry for his actions.

He's already served 3½ half years on remand and that time was deducted from his sentence.