A Las Vegas man has been arrested after his toddler died in a hot car and he refused to let officers break his car window because repair costs were too much.
Fox 5 Las Vegas reported that 27-year-old Sidney Deal was leaving his girlfriend’s home and had his 21-month old daughter in the backseat, but went back inside because he forgot to grab his phone. When he came back to his car he realized he locked himself out of the car.
Police say Deal told his family the air conditioner in the car was still running, so his daughter would be fine.
Police said an officer and Deal’s brother both asked to break the window, but police said Deal refused, saying he didn’t have the money to repair a broken window.
Reports also say Deal’s girlfriend attempted to call a locksmith but Deal refused to pay the price the locksmith gave.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal obtained an arrest report that said Deal also told police he thought the child was fine because the air conditioning was on but admitted she stopped moving on the floor of the backseat, which he believed to have meant she had gone to sleep.
Police ended up breaking the window anyway, but it was too late. The toddler was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office said the cause and manner of death were pending.
Deal is facing felony child abuse charges.