Dad accused of shopping while girl killed baby brother with seatbelt posts bond

By Brittany Taylor - Digital News Editor, Sofia Ojeda - Anchor/Reporter

HOUSTON - A father whose 6-year-old daughter killed her 1-year-old brother when he left the two alone in a vehicle while he shopped, according to police, appeared in court Tuesday morning and posted bond later in the day.

Adrian Dreshuan Middleton Sr., 26, is charged with child abandonment.

He appeared before a judge, who set his bond at $10,000. Bond was posted later Tuesday.

His defense attorney said Middleton graduated from Sam Houston State University and works as a safety administrator at Exxon.

She said Middleton and his family are visibly upset about what happened.

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According to court records, while Middleton shopped on May 20, the 6-year-old girl told investigators she was playing with her 1-year-old brother and he started to cry and she got angry.

The girl told investigators she wrapped a seat belt around his neck and thought he was asleep, but he was dead, according to court documents.

Middleton told investigators he was only in the store for 30-45 minutes, but surveillance video showed he was in the store from 10:45 a.m. until 12:15 p.m., according to court records.

Middleton, 26, said when he returned to the vehicle, his daughter was crying and said she had done something bad, according to court records.

According to investigators, Middleton said when he looked for his son, he found the boy unresponsive in the back seat of the vehicle with a seat belt wrapped around his neck.

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

Middleton turned himself into police custody Monday afternoon.

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