A Las Vegas man whose daughter was found dead inside his hot car was released on bond Thursday.
Sidney Deal, 27, was arrested on Tuesday, Oct. 6, after he refused to let his brother and a police officer break a window in his vehicle to rescue his 21-month-old daughter, Sayah Deal.
Deal, who had sole custody of Sayah, took the toddler to visit his girlfriend, who is the mother of two of his children.
The two argued and Deal left the apartment with his daughter. He later told police he placed Sayah in her carseat and returned to his girlfriend’s apartment to ask her to call his mother.
His girlfriend said he told her he locked his keys in the car which was running with the AC on.
Deal’s girlfriend said she refused to open her door to let him in, but she agreed to call his mother for car insurance information. Her call log showed she was on the phone for 23 minutes.
Deal’s insurance did not have roadside assistance and he would have to pay for a locksmith, according to KTNV.
Deal’s brother, Samid, told police he received a call from Deal telling him he “accidentally locked” his daughter inside the car.
When Samid arrived at the scene, he removed his shirt and wrapped it around his hand to break the window out, but his brother stopped him. Deal told Samid he didn’t have the money to repair a broken window.
The brothers flagged down a police car in the neighborhood and the three men waited for a tow truck to arrive.
When the little girl laid down on the floorboard of the car, Deal told the officer that she was asleep.
After several minutes, the officer decided to break out the back window and pulled Sayah’s limp body out of the car.
Patrol officers began CPR but Sayah was pronounced dead.
Deal was arrested because Las Vegas police felt he knew his daughter was inside the hot car for an extended period of time and he did not allow his bother and the officer to break a window.
Deal was booked on one charge of child neglect resulting in substantial bodily harm.
According to court records, Deal posted $20,000 bond on Thursday morning and was released from the Clark County Detention Center.