Boy left in hot car Tuesday evening as punishment by father, police say

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A central Arkansas father faces a child endangerment charge after a Little Rock police report suggests the man put his son into a hot car as punishment.

Officers arrested Briton Miller, 41, following an investigation outside the Applebee’s restaurant on Chenal Parkway in west Little Rock on Tuesday.

Around 8 p.m., witnesses called police to report a man hitting a child and then walking the 10-year-old boy outside the eatery and putting him into a car with the engine off and the windows up, according to a police report. The man then went back into the restaurant and left the child in the car for about seven minutes.

At the time of the call, meteorologists say the temperature was 87 degrees and the heat index was 98 degrees.

Officers got to the scene and reviewed surveillance footage that did not appear to show Miller putting the child in the car, but it did show Miller walking the boy out of the restaurant and returning without him, according to a police report.

Detectives asked the boy if he was injured, the boy told officers that Miller puts him in the car “every time” and on a “regular basis,” according to the police report.

Investigators determined that the case did not meet felony standards, but booked Miller into the Pulaski county jail on a misdemeanor child endangerment charge, according to the police report.

Original:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A local father has been arrested after police say he made his 10-year-old son sit in a car for several minutes on Tuesday evening.

It happened around 8 p.m. in the parking lot of a restaurant on Chenal Parkway.

An extreme heat advisory had just been lifted at that time. Our meteorologists say the temperature in Little Rock at that time was 87° with a heat index of 98°.

According to the Little Rock Police Department report, Briton Miller, 41, was taken into custody on a charge of endangering the welfare of a minor.

The boy’s 12-year-old brother told officers that his father regularly punished the younger boy in this manner.

Officers checked restaurant surveillance footage which showed the boy was left in the car for about seven minutes.

The report notes he was not injured in any way.

Witnesses had reported watching the family disturbance unfold inside and outside the restaurant and noted when the child was in the car the engine was off and the windows were rolled up.

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