Man accused of leaving 4-year-old to go drink at bar

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A Burnsville man accused of leaving his 4-year-old alone at home while he went to a bar has been charged with neglect of a child, the Pioneer Press reports.

The pajama-clad girl, clutching her blanket, had awakened after a bad dream and gone to a neighbor late the night of July 19 and said she could not find her father, Richard Donald Moore, 47, WCCO reports.

The neighbor waited an hour, expecting Moore to show up, but he did not, and the neighbor called police at 12:20 a.m., according to a criminal complaint.

Police reached the girl's mother, who was traveling for work, who told police her husband might be at one of two bars, which is where officers found him. He was with a woman who told police that Moore had picked her up about 10 p.m., police said. Bar tab receipts indicate the child was home alone for two to three hours, KSTP reported.

A relative picked up the girl until the mother could return home.

Moore and his wife did not return messages from the Pioneer Press.

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