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HOUSTON A dad was facing serious charges after his 4-year-old daughter was found wandering alone in a southwest Houston apartment complex in the middle of the night.

Peter Valdez, 33, was charged with abandoning a child with intent to return.

Houston police said Valdez left his two children alone in an apartment in the 10200 block of Forum Park on June 15.

A man found the little girl walking around the complex by herself around 11 p.m. He took her to her uncle, who lived at the same complex, but in a different unit.

The uncle then took his niece back home, finding the door wide open and his 1-year-old nephew asleep inside. He then called his sister, the kids mother, to tell her what happened.

The mother was at work and left the kids in the care of their father, Valdez.

Valdez told police he left the kids alone around 9 p.m. so he could go and help a friend. He said he lost track of time, but didn't think it was a problem. He actually scolded his daughter for leaving the house, police said.

Valdez also admitted to officers that he had been drinking, but said he was not drunk.

Charges were then filed against the dad.

Valdez s bail was set at $2,000.

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