An Arkansas man was arrested this weekend after he allegedly left his 5-year-old daughter in a car with the engine off and the windows rolled up on a sweltering day — because she was acting up inside a store, according to police.
Srinivasan Jeyvel, 43, was arrested on a charge of endangering the welfare of a minor after two people at the Ashley Square Shopping Center in Little Rock contacted police around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
A Little Rock Police Department report obtained by FOX16 said a woman and security guard called police after they noticed the child appeared to be left inside the car for at least 20 minutes.
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Officers arriving at the scene spoke with Jeyvel, who claimed the girl had only been in the car for a few minutes.
The 43-year-old also told police his daughter is “severely autistic” and that he placed her in the car because she was “throwing a fit” inside a store, the police report obtained by FOX16 stated.
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The temperature that day reached 91 degrees, and witnesses reported the temperature was “very hot,” according to the police report also obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
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Jeyvel was held without bail at the Pulaski County jail Sunday night, according to the newspaper. He was not listed in the jail log as of Tuesday morning.