A man was arrested for leaving his five-year-old granddaughter in the Arizona desert with a loaded gun while he went off to buy a hamburger, authorities have said.
The child’s family reported her missing four hours after Paul Rater, 53, left his home Sunday night in the town of Buckeye.
Authorities launched a search operation and relatives ended up finding the girl in a desert area with a loaded pistol, said a statement on Tuesday from the sheriff’s office in Maricopa County.
Rater acknowledged having abandoned the girl so he could go off for drinks and a hamburger. Rater was sent to jail on charges of abusing and abandoning a child.