VAN NUYS – The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced that Auwin Dargin (26, Van Nuys) pleaded no contest to a felony charge of child abuse in Los Angeles County Court for leaving his 9-month old baby in a hot car outside of Synn Gentleman’s Club in North Hills, Panorama City.
Good Samaritans rescued Dargin’s daughter from the sweltering car at approximately 2 PM, according to court testimony.
The baby was sweating and crying in the hot midday sun, as the strip club staff and neighboring business employees opened the car through the slightly-opened windows. She had been left there for 43 minutes.
Dargin was inside the establishment, having a lap dance.
The baby’s rescuers confronted Dargin as he stepped outside of the club, according to the prosecutor.
“Just give me my baby and I know I am messing up,” the father reportedly pleaded as he left the club.
LAPD’s Mission Division arrived on the scene, arrested Dargin on March 9, 2016, and investigated the case.
The lap-dance dad entered the plea to one felony count of child abuse in case PA085994. Deputy District Attorney Julie Kramer presented the case.
Dargin was immediately sentenced to 10 days in county jail and five years probation. The judge also ordered him to complete 52 days of parenting classes and 45 days of Caltrans service.
The baby’s rights were represented by the largest local prosecutorial office in the nation. Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey leads a staff of nearly 1,000 attorneys, 300 investigators and 800 support staff members, and is dedicated to protecting our community through the fair and ethical pursuit of justice and the safeguarding of crime victims’ rights.