Police: Kingman man arrested after leaving daughter in desert without shoes, water
KINGMAN, Ariz. (KSNV News3LV) —
A Kingman man faces child abuse allegations after police say he forced his 10-year-old daughter out of his truck and into the desert without shoes or water.
Christopher Charles Watson, 28, was booked into the Mohave County Jail on one count of felony domestic child abuse, according to a Mohave County Sheriff’s Office news release.
Police say a woman called deputies early Saturday morning after she found the girl crying, walking by herself on the asphalt with no shoes. It was 91 degrees when the girl was found.
The victim said that her father drove her out to the desert and forced her out of the truck, adding that she hit her head when she reached for the door handle and her dad sped away.
She also complained of a headache and her neck hurting. Medical responded and transported the victim to Kingman Regional Medical Center, where she was treated and later released.
Department of Child Safety took custody of the victim.
Deputies responded to her family’s home on the 3500 block of East John L Avenue. They had moved to the area about three weeks ago. Deputies reported that Watson, who had awoken from a nap, had an odor of alcohol.
Watson said that he and his daughter were having an ongoing argument when he decided to take her for a car ride, which has calmed her down in the past. Watson said he dragged his daughter from the front passenger seat, across his lap and out of the truck.
Watson told deputies that he dropped his daughter off in the desert just north of McVicar Avenue and Norrie Drive without any water or shoes. He said that he returned home and waited about 15 minutes before going back out for his daughter, but he was unable to find her.
Watson was taken into custody without incident. Department of Child Safety took custody of Watson’s 9-year-old son.