Guard Finds 5 Kids In A Car; Father Was Inside Texas Bar, Police Say

DALLAS (June 24, 2013)—Francisco Enrique Lopez, 34, of Mesquite, was in the Dallas County Jail Monday charged with five counts of child abandonment after a security guard found his five young children inside a car outside of a bar.

His bond was set at $50,000.

Lopez was arrested Sunday after the security guard spotted the children ranging in age from 9 months to 8 years in the car and alerted an off-duty police officer.

Authorities say Lopez was found drinking at the bar around 3:30 a.m.

It’s not clear how long he was in the bar, but it was at least 30 minutes, police said.