Texas girl, 6, strangled baby brother as dad shopped

Elias Hubbard
November 21, 2018

Police have charged a Houston man with child abandonment after concluding that his 6-year-old daughter strangled her 1-year-old brother with a seat belt in the family vehicle parked outside a thrift store while their father shopped.

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.

He reportedly told investigators he'd parked outside a thrift store, left the air conditioning on and given the kids water and a snack.

Surveillance footage showed him return to his auto where he found his daughter crying in the back seat.

He said when he returned to the Harris County parking lot to load his purchases into the trunk he found his daughter crying, requesting to use the bathroom.

There were Cheetos to eat and water to drink as a movie rolled inside the auto, but the girl said she became angry when her brother would not be quiet after she refused to keep playing with him. She told police she wrapped the seat belt around him and he stopped crying and she thought he was asleep. He claimed he was in the store for about 30 to 45 minutes and checked on the children through the store window.

He later admitted they were left to roam free in the auto. The father told investigators he called 911 and attempted CPR until the ambulance arrived.

Adrian Dreshuan Middleton, 26, said he turned on a movie to occupy his children while he shopped at a nearby clothes store.

Adrian Middleton Jr. was later pronounced dead at Texas Children's Hospital.

It adds that Middleton "did not voluntarily deliver the Complainant to a designated emergency infant care provider" before abandoning the infant.

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