As his 1-year-old daughter was trapped in a hot car Monday afternoon, a 27-year-old man rebuffed help from Metro Police officers and his brother to break the window because he couldn't afford to damage his new car. The air conditioner was on, and the girl was OK, he said.
When his partner was on the phone with an insurance company representative who offered to send a tow truck, Sidney Deal told her to hang up because he didn’t agree with the cost, according to his arrest report.
The toddler, Sayah, was trapped in a “high heat environment” for about an hour, including the time before officers arrived on scene, and was dead when officers eventually smashed the window to pull her out, police told the Las Vegas Sun.
Deal was subsequently booked into the Clark County Detention Center on one count of child abuse or neglect causing substantial bodily harm, jail logs show.