California Man “Loses” Child Following Night of Heavy Drinking

A 3-year-old was located late Sunday night following a frenzied search over 24 hours after his intoxicated father lost him after leaving a wedding reception in Pasedena, California.

Dylan Kurihara was found asleep in his car seat in his father’s car by Pasadena resident Rowdy Metzger, 39. According to Pasadena Police, the boy was a little thirsty but otherwise fine and was taken for a checkup to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena.

Dylan was located at 10:40 p.m. Sunday in a parking lot just two blocks away from where his father, Joe Kurihara, was arrested the night before for public intoxication and resisting arrest. At the time of his arrest, Kurihara did not mention he had a child nearby. Witnesses, including Dylan’s mother, last saw the child with Kurihara at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.

When Dylan’s mother didn’t hear from Kurihara for hours, she began to call police stations and hospitals. She reached Pasadena police about 8 a.m. “We checked our records and found the father was arrested for public intoxication,” said Qualls. The mother’s call launched an intensive search. Dogs traced the scent of the boy or his father to the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center, about two miles from the parking garage, officials said. But that turned out to be a blind lead.

Investigators took Kurihara from jail back to the scene of his arrest in the hopes that he might remember where his child was located. That effort was futile. Officers were concerned Kuhira’s car may have been stolen and the child abducted. The FBI was standing by to assist in that regard. Kurihara is currently being held at the Pasadena city jail in lieu of $10,000 bail on a charge of resisting arrest.

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