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Aug 29, 2013 1:17 PM by NBC News

Florida man leaves his daughter asleep in his truck while he visits strip club

(WESH) A 38-year-old Orlando, Florida man is accused of child neglect after deputies said he left his 7-year-old in the car while he went inside a strip club.

Authorities said they were called Wednesday because of a child locked inside a car.

Once deputies arrived they found the car and saw a small child asleep in the passenger seat. She was in such a deep sleep, the deputy was unable to wake her.

According to an arrest report, after 25 minutes, a man later identified as Elliut Gonzalez left the Diamond Club and walked toward the car.

Gonzalez told authorities he was supposed to meet a friend at the Diamond Club but they never showed up, and that he was only inside for 15 minutes.

Deputies said they spoke with the bartender who said she began serving Gonzalez drinks a little after midnight.

"It's a sad situation. You have a small child who is by herself sleeping in a vehicle who can't defend herself if somebody would see her, try to harm her," said Ginette Rodriguez with the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Based on the fact that Gonzalez left his daughter inside a locked car, with the windows rolled up for nearly an hour, deputies arrested him.

The child was placed in the custody of Gonzalez' girlfriend.

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