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Dad who left kids in car at Dallas bar said friend was picking them up

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A Mesquite father arrested for leaving his five children in a car while drinking in a Dallas bar this past weekend says he was waiting for a friend to pick them up.

Police say Francisco Lopez, 34, was inside Sonrisa's in the 2900 block of Samuell Boulevard when a security guard saw the children sitting in the car early Saturday morning. Lopez faces five counts of child abandonment.

Police believe the children were in the car for at least 30 minutes, but were not injured. The youngest child in the car was nine-months-old.

Lopez said he was ducking in and out of the bar and checking on the kids while waiting for a friend to pick them up.

Lopez believes the security guard recognized him from a previous visit to the bar.

"With his feet in the floor, he took my hands. My hands are hurting right now because he picked it up like this - boooooom. 'You need to go to the jail.'"

Lopez claimed the last time he was at the bar his wallet was stolen. He also said he saw several people, including the guard, buying and selling drugs at the bar.

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