An Arizona father allegedly abandoned his 10-year-old daughter alone in the Mojave Desert without shoes or water this weekend. According to People, he was angry at her after an argument about a pen.
Christopher Charles Watson, 28, was arrested Saturday for a felony charge of domestic child abuse.
“It is fortunate this kid didn’t end up in the wrong hands of someone,” Trish Carter of the Arizona’s Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, told People. “There are many predators out there these days. Luckily we didn’t have a major, sad ending.”
According to police, a woman called 911 after she saw a barefoot girl in pajamas crying and walking on asphalt. It was 91 degrees at the time. The girl told police that her dad left her over an argument about a pen.
“She placed the pen in the driver’s seat, and he wanted it in a certain spot and apparently she didn’t put it in the correct spot,” Carter said. “She [the girl] said he got angry with her and he put her in the car and drove at a high rate of speed onto a dirt road into the desert.”
Watson allegedly forced his daughter out of his truck, and she hit her head as she reached for a door handle.
The girl was treated, and she and her 9-year-old brother were placed into the custody of Department of Child Safety, according to 12News.
[Photo: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office]