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Dad accused of leaving son in car while getting drunk

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man accused of leaving his 11-year-old son in his car while he got drunk inside a City Heights bar pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony cocaine possession and misdemeanor child endangerment charges.

Jose Ramon Hernandez, 46, faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

Deputy District Attorney Scott Pirrello told Judge David Szumowski that the defendant left his son in the car from about 10 p.m. through midnight on July 9 while he became very intoxicated inside the El Uno Bar in the 3400 block of University Avenue.

About 11:55 p.m., a concerned citizen saw the child crying in the back of the car and notified authorities, Pirrello said.

When police contacted the defendant, he had a baggie of cocaine in his pocket, the prosecutor alleged.

The boy, who was taken to the Polinsky Children's Center in Kearny Mesa, told police he had been in the car for several hours, was scared, needed to go to the bathroom and had no idea when his father was coming out of the bar.

Hernandez -- who has an immigration hold -- had his bail set at $50,000. He will be back in court July 23 for a readiness conference and July 25 for a preliminary hearing.

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