Texas father charged after 6-year-old girl allegedly kills brother with seat beltPosted: Updated:
A Texas father has turned himself in to police after his 6-year-old daughter allegedly killed her baby brother while the two were left alone in a car.
According to court documents, Adrian Dreshaun Middleton went shopping for clothes in May and left the girl in the car with his 1-year-old son.
KTRK reports Middleton told authorities he left the car and air conditioner running, turned on a movie and gave the children snacks before going in a Houston thrift store.
The girl told police that the boy started crying when she stopped playing with him, so she got angry and wrapped the seat belt around him. She told officers she thought he had fallen asleep.
When Middleton returned to the car, he put his bags in the back of the car and saw his daughter crying. The girl reportedly told him she had to use the restroom and that she had done something bad.
Middleton saw the seat belt wrapped around the 1-year-old's neck and found he was not responding. He called 911 and attempted CPR until the ambulance arrived. The boy was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The documents state Middleton originally told police he left the children strapped into their car seats when he went into the store. He claimed he was in the store for about 30 to 45 minutes and checked on the children through the store window.
But there were no car seats in the car and surveillance video showed Middleton was in the store for about 1 hour and 40 minutes without checking on his children.
The 26-year-old father is charged with abandoning a child.
The 6-year-old girl is staying with her grandmother. She will not face charges because of her age, Houston police said.