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HOUSTON A father is accused of abandoning his two small children at a north Houston restaurant over the weekend.

Jesus Nava-Lopez, 46, took his two girls, ages 2 and 6, to Zio s Italian Kitchen, located in the 14000 block of the Northwest Freeway, on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Nava-Lopez reportedly excused himself to retrieve money to pay for the meals and left the girls behind.

A manager at the restaurant called the Harris County Sheriff s Office when he failed to return. He showed up two hours later and gave no explanation

He was arrested and charged with child abandonment.

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