A beer-guzzling dad who allegedly was drunk when he left his 2-year-old daughter alone inside a hot car with the windows rolled up will find out later this month if he’ll stand trial for a felony child abuse charge.
Dennyal Sachen, 48, was ordered back to court Sept. 28 after pleading not guilty to the abuse charge. He’s also charged with one misdemeanor count each of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and driving with a 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content stemming from his June 8 arrest by El Segundo police.
Someone walking near the car spotted the toddler sleeping unattended in a car seat, opened an unlocked car door for ventilation and called 911, according to police, who said the girl was sweating.
Officers said they found a six-pack of cold beer — with one beer missing — inside the car.
Police said Saachen returned to the vehicle in the 600 block of Center Street about 15 minutes later with his 10-year-old daughter.
A preliminary blood-alcohol test indicated he was three times over the legal limit to get behind the wheel, according to police.
After entering his not guilty plea Tuesday, Saachen is due back in a Los Angeles courtroom Sept. 28, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.
–City News Service
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