Veblen man facing felony child abuse charges

VEBLEN, S.D. (AP) – A Veblen man is accused of leaving a child alone in a car while he got drunk in a bar.

Fourty eight year-old Mitchell Lufkins was arrested Monday after officers were alerted to a child crying in a car outside of The Cantina in Veblen. Marshall County Sheriff Dale Elsen says Lufkins was passed out inside the bar.

Lufkins appeared in court Tuesday on nine charges including felony child abuse and was released on a personal recognizance bond.

The child was younger than 7 and is now in protective custody.