Dad charged after girl, 6, strangles baby brother with seat belt

Texas 6-year-old left alone in car while dad shopped allegedly strangled 1-year-old brother with seat belt

- A father is facing charges after police say his 6-year-old daughter strangled her 1-year-old brother with a seat belt while they were left alone in a vehicle.

Adrian Dreshaun Middleton, Sr. of Houston faces abandonment charges after the incident on May 20 when he left his children for over an hour-and-a-half while he was inside a thrift store.

Before running into a store to buy clothes, he made sure the air conditioner was running, set up a movie for the kids to watch and gave them snacks.

But there were no auto seats in the vehicle and surveillance video showed Middleton was in the store for about 1 hour and 40 minutes without checking on his children. When he returned, his daughter was crying in the back seat.

She is said to have told investigators she was playing with her brother but became angry when he would not stop crying and wrapped the seatbelt around him.

That's when Middleton reportedly found his son unconscious with a seat belt wrapped around him. Court documents state the father claimed the children were strapped in their seats, but he later admitted in a second interview there were no auto seats for either child in the vehicle.

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He removed the seat belt and attempted to perform CPR on the toddler until paramedics arrived.

Middleton says he checked on the children through a store window and thought they were fine. Middleton "did not voluntarily deliver the Complainant to a designated emergency infant care provider" before abandoning the infant.

The boy's death was ruled a homicide by strangulation.

Police said he called 911 and the boy was taken to Texas Children's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Middleton came forward to Baytown Police Department on Monday afternoon, nearly six months after the incident.

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