Police arrest man for leaving 2-year-old outside during strip club trip

By Arturo Garcia
Monday, February 25, 2013 10:55 EDT
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California man arrested for leaving 2-year-old in truck outside strip club
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Los Angeles police arrested a 24-year-old man late Saturday night for allegedly leaving his 2-year-old daughter in his truck while he was drinking at a Van Nuys, California strip club.

KTLA-TV reported on Sunday that authorities charged Santos Barillas with child endangerment after finding him allegedly drunk inside the vehicle while the child sat in the back seat. Police said a witness reported seeing Barillas passed out and resting on his steering wheel.

When officers pulled Barillas out of the truck, Sgt. Jason Zabel told the Los Angeles Daily News, “he appeared to have the symptoms of someone who was intoxicated. Then they discovered the toddler in the back seat. The child was cold and shivering.”

Witnesses at the club told police they saw Barillas in the club without the child, who was subsequently released into her mother’s custody by Child Protective Services.

Barillas was released on Sunday after posting $15,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court in Van Nuys in March.

Watch KTLA’s report on Barillas’ alleged negligence, aired Sunday, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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