VAN NUYS, Calif. — A father is facing charges after he allegedly left his 2-year-old daughter in a truck while he went inside a strip club and got drunk.
24-year-old Santos Barillas, a Canoga Park resident, was charged with child endangerment among other charges.
911 dispatchers got a call just after midnight that the toddler was locked in the truck outside the 7557 Club on Woodley Avenue.
Officers arrived at the location to find the man asleep with the child in the back seat of the Toyota pickup.
The man was taken into custody and child services were called to assist with the care of the little girl.
Investigators interviewed several bar patrons and workers who confirmed the man was inside the club without the child.
The suspect was allegedly intoxicated at the time of his arrest.
The temperature had dropped into the 40s overnight in the area of the club.