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Year-old strangled baby brother with seatbelt while dad shopped for clothes

Girl, 6, killed baby brother by strangling him with seat belt while they were left alone in the car 6-year-old left in backseat of car allegedly killed baby brother; father faces charges
Deanna Wagner | 21 November, 2018, 03:27

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

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

He told police that he left the air conditioner running, put on a movie and gave the kids water and Cheetos while he went to go buy clothes.

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. Middleton asked where her brother was and she said she had done "something bad".

Court documents say the 6-year-old girl told investigators her brother was crying so she started playing with him, but he started crying again when she stopped. She said she wrapped the seat belt around her brother and thought he had fallen asleep.

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According to court documents, the father was shopping in a store off of the East Freeway in Houston on May 20, 2018, and left his two kids in the vehicle.

The father then found his son unresponsive with a seatbelt around his neck, and tried to perform CPR until paramedics arrived.

The 1-year-old was taken to a hospital, but he did not survive. According to the six-year-old, she was playing with her younger brother inside the auto and when she stopped he began crying. He claimed he was in the store for about 30 to 45 minutes and checked on the children through the store window.

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

According to the medical examiner, the boy's death was ruled a homicide by strangulation. He reportedly turned himself in to police over the incident.