LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The father of the child who was found dead in a car Monday has been arrested but did not make it to his court appearance scheduled for Tuesday.
The little girl, identified as 21-month-old Sayah Deal, was discovered in the vehicle on H Street near West Owens Avenue and North MLK Boulevard on Monday.
8 News Now has learned her father, 27-year-old Sidney Deal, is being charged with child abuse/neglect with substantial bodily harm. He was due to appear in court but refused for medical reasons. No other information was released.
The judge did set bail at $20,000 and said if bail is posted Deal could be held on house arrest.
The state indicted it may push for additional charges.
The cause of Sayah’s death is still pending and is currently under investigation.
According to Metro Police, officers said a man flagged them down and said his daughter was accidentally locked inside a vehicle Monday evening.
Police said the car was running when officers arrived at the scene, but there is no word on what the temperature was inside of the vehicle. Metro says it will know more about that after an autopsy.
Deal’s next court appearance is scheduled for October 8.