The Arizona dad who allegedly stranded his 10-year-old daughter in the desert had lost his temper over a pen, according to reports.
Christopher Charles Watson, 28, of Kingman, was arrested Saturday after the girl was found crying alongside the road in the Mojave Desert, according to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.
Watson had reportedly forced her out of his truck and left the girl in 91-degree heat without shoes or water.
The two had been apparently feuding over a pen that was in the vehicle, authorities said.
“She placed the pen in the driver’s seat, and he wanted it in a certain spot and apparently she didn’t put it in the correct spot,” Mohave County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Trish Carter told People. “She [the girl] said he got angry with her and he put her in the car and drove at a high rate of speed onto a dirt road into the desert.”
Watson told police that he drove home and waited 15 minutes to return, but could not find his child.
Police said that a woman called 911 after she found the sobbing girl walking barefoot on asphalt.
The 10-year-old said she was forced out of the vehicle by her dad and hit her head on the door handle. She was brought to a local hospital, where she was treated and later released into Department of Child Safety custody.
Watson was taken into custody at Mohave County Jail and charged with felony domestic child abuse before being released. He is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 4.