Pair who allegedly left children in bathtub during sex plead not guilty

REDWOOD CITY (BCN) - A man and woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony child endangerment charges for allegedly leaving 3-year-old and 10-month old children unattended in a bathtub while engaging in sexual conduct at a South San Francisco motel, prosecutors said.

Charlie Her, 29, and Mindy Trinh, 21, both of Fresno, were staying at the Comfort Inn & Suites San Francisco Airport Hotel at 121 E. Grand Ave. on Saturday when the incident allegedly occurred, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Trinh put her two young children in the bathtub and left them alone while she and Her engaged in sexual conduct. The 3-year-old then called out for Trinh, who found the 10-month-old unconscious in the water, prosecutors said.

Paramedics were called and the baby was resuscitated. Because Her and Trinh allegedly lied to police about the sequence of events and how long the children were unsupervised, they have also been charged with misdemeanor obstructing an investigation, prosecutors said.

At Wednesday's arraignment in Redwood City, San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Cristina Mazzei issued a no-contact order listing both children as protected parties.

Both Her and Trinh remain in custody on $125,000 bail and are scheduled to return to court on Sept. 20 for their preliminary hearing.