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.