Sidney Deal, 27, the father of a toddler who was found dead in a hot car Monday night in Las Vegas was arrested Tuesday in connection with the toddler (his daughter’s) death.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office identified the toddler as Sayah Deal, 1 year and 9 months old. Her cause and manner of death were still pending, the office said.
According to a police report, Deal initially refused to let witnesses or patrol officers break a vehicle window, saying he just bought the car and didn’t have repair money.
27-year-old Sidney Deal flagged down officers after he accidentally locked his daughter, Sayah Deal, inside of a hot car with the keys on Monday afternoon.
When officers arrived on the scene they offered to break the window, call a tow truck or a locksmith.
Sidney Deal asked them to call his brother instead. He told his brother the air conditioning was on in the car. But, it was not.
When Deal’s brother arrived, he wrapped a shirt about his hand and offered to punch out the window. Sidney stopped him and claimed he didn’t have enough money to fix a broken window.
Sidney told his brother to call their mom to have her insurance company send a locksmith.
Deal’s girlfriend told police she called the insurance company for him, but he told her to hang up because he didn’t like the quote for a tow truck.
After several minutes, police smashed the window and pulled the unresponsive child out of the car.
Sayah died at the scene.
Police believe the child had been in the car over an hour.
Sidney was arrested and booked into the Clark County Detention Center on one count of child abuse or neglect causing substantial bodily harm.
Court records indicate that Sidney Deal, 27, is out of custody after posting $20,000 bond.
Deal is expected to appear in court Thursday morning.