A man is being charged with homicide – after his six year old daughter killed her one year old brother.
Houston police say that on May 20, Adrian Dreshaun Middleton went shopping for clothes, and allegedly left his daughter in the car with his 1-year-old son.
Adrian reportedly left the car and air conditioner running, turned on a movie and gave the children snacks, according to court documents. Then the father of two went inside the Family Thrift Store to do some shopping.
The 6 year old girl told police that she was playing with her little brother while her dad was shopping for clothes. She said the boy started crying when she stopped playing with him, so she got angry and wrapped the seat belt around his neck.
She told officers she thought he had fallen asleep.
When Adrian 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.
The dad looked over at his son and immediately realized what happened.
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 taken to Texas Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
According to court documents, 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. However, there were no car seats in the car and police say surveillance video showed Middleton was in the store for about 1 hour and 40 minutes without checking on his children.
An autopsy ruled the boy’s death was homicide by strangulation.
Middleton, 26, is charged with abandoning a child. Bond has not yet been set in the case.