A Los Angeles man was sentenced to jail and probation after leaving his 9-month-old daughter in the car while he visited a strip club.
Auwin Dargin, 26, pleaded no contest on April 26 to one count of felony child abuse, Deputy District Attorney Julie Kramer said.
The judge immediately sentenced Dargin to 10 days in county jail and five years of probation. He will also have to complete 45 days of community service and 52 weeks of parenting classes.
On the afternoon of March 9, Dargin left his 9-month-old daughter alone in the car for over 40 minutes while he received lap dances in Synn Gentlemen's Club. The sweating infant was found when Matthew Nadeau, an assistant manager at the club, heard her crying.
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While inspecting the parking lot, Nadeau noticed that one of the patrons was going back and forth between the strip club and his car every 15 minutes, according to the Los Angeles Times. While the man was inside the club, Nadeau and a waitress walked over to his car.
"We hear crying and then we saw a baby in the car," he told the Times, adding that a window had been left partially open.
Nadeau got his cousin to help him reach through the cracked window and unlock the door. He took the baby from her car seat while the waitress went inside to get a cup of water. He said the baby was warm and clearly agitated.
Nadeau notified his manager, who confronted Dargin while he was in the middle of a lap dance. Dargin was reportedly upset that the manager interrupted his dance.
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"Just give me my baby and I know I am messing up," Dargin said as he left the club.
Nadeau called the police and told Dargin to call his wife, as he was not going to let him leave with the child.
"You can leave, but you are not leaving with your baby," he said. "I have daughters. Over my dead body am I going to let you take this baby today."
Dargin reportedly accused Nadeau of kidnapping his baby. He proceeded to get into an argument with another patron before attempting to flee on foot.
That's when he was apprehended by police.
"I thought it was unbelievable," LAPD Senior Lead Officer Charles Chacon told KNBC. "I could not believe a father would put his child in that type of danger."
"He basically was not thinking, is what he said," Chacon added.
The baby was taken to a nearby hospital where she was treated for mild dehydration. She was then put in the care of child protective services, who contacted her family.