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Father goes to strip club, leaves 2-year-old in cold car, LAPD says

February 24, 2013 |  7:53 am
Father Charged for Leaving Toddler in Truck While at Strip Club

A father allegedly left his 2-year-old daughter in a truck while he went inside a strip club to drink, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Santos Barillas, 24, of Canoga Park, faces several charges, including child endangerment, officials said Sunday.

According to KTLA News, 911 dispatchers got a call just after midnight that the toddler was locked in the truck outside the 7557 Club on Woodley Avenue. Officials said the temperature in the truck was about 45 degrees.

Officers arrived at the location to find the man asleep with the child in the back seat of the Toyota pickup, authorities said.

Barillas was taken into custody and representatives of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services were called to assist with the care of the little girl, officials said.

Investigators interviewed several bar patrons and workers who confirmed the man was inside the club without the child, police said. The suspect was allegedly intoxicated at the time of his arrest, officials said.


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Photo: Santos Barillas. Credit: KTLA