San Benito dad jailed for leaving daughter inside dollar store

Andres Aguilar // San Benito Police Department Photo

A San Benito father spent part of Easter Sunday behind bars after he allegedly left his 4-year-old daughter inside a local Dollar General store.

San Benito police arrested 35-year-old Andres Aguilar on a child abandonment charge.

Investigators said it happened at the Dollar General store on the 400 block of South Sam Houston Boulevard around 1 p.m. Saturday.

Employees called police after a 4-year-old girl was left inside the store for more than 20 minutes.

Officers arrived at the scene and spoke to Aguilar, who allegedly said that his daughter probably exited the car before he left the store.

Police reviewed surveillance video and learned that his version of events was not true.

Investigators notified Child Protective Services about the incident and they released the girl to the custody of a family member.

Aguilar appeared before San Benito Municipal Court Judge Ben Yudesis on Easter Sunday where was issued a $5,000 dollar personal recognizance bond.