A 9-month-old baby girl was found alone in a car parked outside a Southern California strip club while her father was apparently inside the venue Wednesday afternoon.
People near the parking lot at Synn Gentleman’s Club near Roscoe and Sepulveda boulevards in San Fernando Valley saw the child in the car after hearing her cry, according to Senior Lead Officer Charles Chacon of LAPD’s Mission Division.
The concerned passers-by opened the car door to get the baby out and called 911.
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“In the midst of them calling the police, the father came out from the strip joint and basically wanted to take the baby,” Chacon said.
The passers-by refused to let the father take his crying daughter and stayed with her until officers arrived.
“He basically was not thinking, is what he said,” Chacon said.
The little girl was taken to a nearby hospital and was suffering from mild dehydration.
“I thought it was unbelievable. I could not believe a father would put his child in that type of danger,” Chacon said.
The man was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment.
The baby was placed with Child Protective Services, who has contacted the child’s family, Chacon said.