A 27-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested and charged with child abuse or neglect, causing substantial bodily harm.
According to the defendant's girlfriend, they had a fight, and she asked the defendant to leave their apartment with their one-year-old baby. The defendant put the baby in the car, which he said was running with the air conditioner on, before he went back to the apartment, where he continued to argue with his girlfriend for 15 minutes, as he tried to persuade her to give him his phone.
After the girlfriend complied, he left but returned to ask if she could call his insurance company because he had locked his keys inside the car.
The woman called at 3:06 p.m. and spent 23 minutes on the line. She said her boyfriend told her to hang up when he disagreed with the price quoted to send someone, a service his car didn't qualify for.
At 3:29 p.m., the defendant flagged down police officers. By that time, his baby girl had been in the car for at least 42 minutes.
According to the police report, the toddler was trapped in a "high heat environment" but the defendant refused when one of the officers offered to call a locksmith, a tow truck, or to break the window.
He then borrowed the officer's phone to call his brother. After "several" minutes, the officers broke the window and pulled out the unconscious girl, who died at the scene. It wasn't clear how many minutes had passed before the defendant gave consent for his window to be broken.
When detectives spoke to the defendant's brother, he told them he received a call from his brother who told him that he (the defendant) had locked his baby in his car with the keys in the ignition. The brother quickly headed to the defendant's home and immediately wrapped his shirt around his hand and offered to punch out the window. Again, the defendant refused, said the air conditioner was on and told his brother not to break the window and instructed him (the brother), instead, to call their mother to have her insurance company send a locksmith, according to the arrest report.
The defendant said he did not have money to replace the window if it was broken.
Police said they believe the girl was inside the hot car for more than an hour. Her body had already gone into rigor mortis by the time they were able to take her out.
The defendant said the baby wasn't fastened and had been walking around the seats and eventually lay down on the floor, according to police. The defendant thought his daughter had fallen asleep. Ricardo Torres-Cortez "Dad refused to break window to save toddler locked in hot car, police say" https://lasvegassun.com/news/2020/oct/06/dad-refused-break-window-save-toddler-hot-car-lock/ (Oct. 06, 2020).