BUCKEYE, Ariz., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- An Arizona grandfather was arrested on allegations he left his 5-year-old granddaughter alone in the desert with a loaded gun to "shoot the bad guys."
Rater told a judge Tuesday he placed his granddaughter under a tree so she could nap in the shade while he went for help and he left his .45-caliber handgun, which was loaded and cocked, with the child because he "didn't want to carry it."
Rater was found miles away at a local bar drinking alcoholic beverages and eating a cheeseburger. The child was found by a firefighter alone in the desert holding the loaded gun.
Deputies said Rater didn't ask anyone for help or mention the whereabouts of his granddaughter until after his arrest.
Rater was charged with two counts of child abuse and one count of endangerment. He was jailed in lieu of a $25,000 bond.