Year-old girl strangled baby brother in car as dad shopped: cops

Girl, 6, killed baby brother by strangling him with seat belt while they were left alone in the car

A man has been charged with child abandonment, six months after his six-year-old daughter apparently strangled her brother, 1, with a seatbelt.

Adrian Deshaun Middleton, 26, allegedly told authorities he left his two children in the auto while he browsed a thrift shop near Houston.

Surveillance video showed Middleton was in the store for nearly 1 1/2 hours before returning and noticing his daughter crying in the back seat.

While Middleton shopped, the 6-year-old girl told investigators she was playing with her 1-year-old brother and he started to cry and she got angry, according to court records.

She thought he had fallen asleep.

No arrest has been made. When he returned the vehicle, his 6-year-old daughter was crying, said she needed to go to the bathroom and allegedly revealed she had done "something bad", court documents stated. Middleton found his son unresponsive with a seat belt wrapped around his neck. He said he occasionally "peeked out of the store window to check on them".


He carried out CPR to try and revive his son but he was pronounced dead at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. He also said he left water and a snack for them.

According to the medical examiner, the baby's death was ruled homicide by strangulation.

The incident occurred when Middleton was inside the second venue, Thrift Family Store.

Adrian Dreshuan Middleton, 26, said he turned on a movie to occupy his children while he shopped at a nearby clothes store.

It adds that Middleton "did not voluntarily deliver the Complainant to a designated emergency infant care provider" before abandoning the infant.

The girl will not face charges due to her age, Houston police said according to ABC13.

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