A Utah father could face charges after leaving his 5-year-old daughter alone outside in the cold overnight on a college campus, FOX 13 reports.
The child was staying with her father at his parent’s house for a weekend when the incident occurred on Oct. 9, according to the girl’s mother.
The girl’s father left her at the Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College, where a security guard found her abandoned around 7:30 a.m. the next morning. She was reportedly left in mid-thirty degree weather.
Security footage shows the girl staying in one particular spot, fighting for her life.
Her mom told FOX 13 that the father “told her to shut up, and lay down and go to sleep,” before he left the scene.
The school’s Security Manager, Fred Fraizer, said the security guard saw the little girl run and injure herself in the process. Her mother said she tripped and scuffed her knee and hand when she fell, trying to get the security guard’s attention.
“It was heartbreaking for him,” Frazier told FOX 13. “To see a little girl running alone by herself. That’s when he got very concerned, and she was shivering and cold.”
After an investigation, Ogden Police have said it was her father who left her on the campus but haven’t figured out the reason at this time. Police added that the Department of Child and Family Services is involved the case.
“We don’t know really what purpose he’d take the child, if there was a drug-induced psychosis. Right now, we’re waiting to interview the father,” Ogden Police Department’s Lt. Tim Scott told FOX 13.
The mother told the station that it’s not the first time problems have occurred with the father and that’s she’s tried to file a protective order against him on behalf of her daughter, but has been denied.
The father could face felony child abandonment or abuse charges.
The girl’s mother and father’s name have not been released, in an effort to protect the child.
An investigation is ongoing.