It was better than the 1950's equivalent. If anything he was doing the child a favour!
How silly this all is. Apparently making one "bad" judgement call is enough to be judged as an irresponsible person. I'd have done the exact same thing as the dad in the situation, probably.
Beings someone who has been through a child custody battle proxy-my-wife, I can assure you that truth has little to nothing to do with the whole thing. It has to do with argument and who brought the better arguer with them.