Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Man Leaves Granddaughter Alone in Desert With Loaded Gun


Arizona – An Arizona man left his 5-year-old granddaughter alone in a desert outside Phoenix with a loaded and cocked gun — so he could have “a few drinks and a cheeseburger,” Maricopa County authorities said Monday.

Paul Rater, 62, was charged with two counts of child abuse and one count of child endangerment after the girl’s mother reported her daughter missing, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.

Authorities had been searching for the girl by helicopter when her relatives told the sheriff’s office she had been found “all alone, in the desert” with a loaded, cocked .45-caliber handgun, the release said. More

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