The father of a 2-year-old child who died after being pulled from a backyard pool in northwest Las Vegas was charged with child abuse with substantial bodily harm in connection to the incident.
Francisco Vidal, 26, was booked into Clark County Detention Center on Tuesday, according to jail records.
Court documents showed Vidal, who also went by Frank, was the sole caretaker of his daughter, Khloe, on the day she was found floating in a nearby pool on Morning Cove Court, near Grand Teton Drive and Bradley Road.
Khloe was pulled from the pool and was taken to Centennial Hills Hospital, where she was unable to be revived.
According to police, Vidal told a detective he had fallen asleep after his girlfriend and Khloe's mother went off to work on the morning of Oct. 17.
In documents, Vidal said he left the child to play in the living room while working on cars in the garage. He then fell asleep and did not wake up until seven to eight hours later when his girlfriend arrived home, documents showed.
Both Vidal and his girlfriend told police the door was closed but left unlocked because she didn't have a door key.
Vidal also told police he didn't check to lock the front door after she left, documents showed. The parents both acknowledged their child was able to open the door in the past, but that it was always while they were around.
Police said the pool where the child was found was four houses down from the toddler's home.
A preliminary hearing for Vidal was scheduled for Nov. 13 in Las Vegas Justice Court.
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