San Benito dad jailed for leaving kid in car to go drinking

Jose Cabello // San Benito Police Department Photo

A San Benito father is facing criminal charges after he allegedly went drinking at a bar but left his 9-year-old son outside and alone in a pickup truck.

San Benito police arrested 53-year-old Jose Cabello on a child abandonment charge on Sunday night.

Investigators told Action 4 News that officers were called out for a child left in a car outside the Los Troqueros Bar off West Robertson Street just after 9 p.m. Sunday.

Officers found Cabello's 9-year-old son inside a blue Ford pickup truck alone.

The boy told police that his father was inside the bar and that he had been alone for about an hour.

Cabello allegedly told police that he had gone inside to drink a beer but that it was only for "a few moments."

Officers notified Child Protective Services about the incident and released the boy to the custody of a family member.

Cabello faced San Benito Municipal Court Judge Ben Yudesis, who issued a $5,000 bond.