A six-year-old girl allegedly strangled her little brother while they were left in the car as their father went shopping.

Adrian Middleton, 26, left his one-year-old son and six-year-old daughter in the car while he shopped at a store for over an hour on May 20 in Texas, local outlet KHOU11 reported based on court documents.

When the father returned to the car in the parking lot, his daughter was crying and told her father that she had done “something bad” the outlet reported.

He found his son unconscious with the seatbelt wrapped around him and performed CPR while he waited for emergency services to arrive.

The girl told police that she was playing with her little brother in the car and he started crying and she got angry, so she wrapped a seat belt around him, ABC13 reported. She told officers she believed her little brother was asleep.

An autopsy ruled the boy died from homicide by strangulation, while the father has been charged with abandoning a child ABC13 reported.

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  • This is just so awful. I kind of wished I didn’t read this article. But I suppose it’s a reminder that we shouldn’t leave our kids unsupervised for any reason.


  • Very sad.
    The dad shouldn’t have left his little ones unsupervised. The baby brother lost his precious life, the sister will suffer under her act for the rest of her life and dad will feel guilty forever.


  • This is absolutely shocking
    I hope the child gets counseling to help her


  • This is absolutely horrific and children need to be supervised at all times.


  • This is so upsetting. What on earth was he thinking leaving children unattended. This is so sad.


  • This is such a sad story. The poor little girl and the poor baby. She’ll forever be damaged by this. :(


  • The Dad is 26 y.o……not 20. I know of a Mother who left a 9 y.o. to watching a sleeping baby in a car for 10 min. while she did shopping because the baby had finally gone to sleep and she didn’t want to wake her. I don’t think the 9 y.o. had any say in the matter whether they stayed in the car or not. Fortunately it was very cold weather and the car was in the shade so it didn’t hear up.


  • What a tragedy. Unbelievable that Dad left his young children in the car for an hour. Poor little one died and the little girl will grow up knowing she killed her brother. This is a horrible situation that could have been avoided.


  • How do people just leave their kids in a car like that?


  • I can’t believe he would leave them in the car for over an hour! That is just completely irresponsible! A few minutes I can understand but never for so long.


  • omg this is unbelievable, what was this dad thinking leaving them alone.


  • Oh my goodness, that is horrific. Another reason to not leave your children unattended.


  • Remember never to leave your children in the car – no matter how young a dad he is, he should have taken the children with him.


  • Just wow Rule number 1 never leave your children alone in the car in the first place! So sad at only being 6 the father should be responsible


  • Wow that’s awful, maybe he doesn’t know any better he was a young dad at 20.


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