Father accused of leaving toddler in car makes first court appearance

The man accused of leaving is toddler in a locked car Tuesday while he was at a Mesquite movie theater made his first appearance before a judge Wednesday.

Moviegoers spotted Leroy Price's 2-year-old daughter, Leona, in the back seat. They went for help and even recorded her being rescued by emergency workers.

Leroy Price has been charged with abandoning and endangering a child.

One of his older daughters, Shelby Price, spoke to K104 FM's DeDe in the Morning on Wednesday, trying to explain how the incident could have happened.

"They took Leona out of day care, so he's normally used to just dropping off both of ‘em, and then, you know, just keep it moving to work or something, but he was off today," said Shelby.

"So you're saying that the little 2-year-old normally goes to day care, but yesterday, on this day, she didn't, and he wasn't used to her being home?" said DeDe.

"Yeah, that's exactly what happened," said Shelby. "He is one of the most humble people in the world. My daddy is really upset…he's saying that he knows the media is going to portray him as a bad father, and honestly and truly, he's really not, y'all."

Shelby knows that people will form opinions about what happened.

"That's fine," she said. "Everybody's opinion, you know, is their opinion...but I'm just speaking out for my father because I don't want anyone to think you know, he's a bad parent."

Leroy Price's bond is set at $20,000.

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