(November 3, 2015) – A grandfather in Arizona is accused of leaving his five-year-old granddaughter alone with a gun in the desert.
Paul Rater faces charges of child abuse and child endangerment.
According to ABC15, Rater told deputies his truck broke down and the two of them were walking to get help.
Rater said his granddaughter became tired, so he left her alone with a gun and told her to “shoot the bad guys.”
But officers say instead of getting help, he went to a bar to have a couple of drinks and a burger.
According to ABC15, deputies eventually found the girl, and she’s now with her mom.