Baby ‘died in hot car as dad told cops he couldn’t afford to break the window’

A baby girl died trapped in a hot car after her dad said he couldn't afford to damage his new vehicle, police say.

Sidney Deal, 27, flagged down cops after he was locked out of his car in Las Vegas, US.

One-year-old Sayah was reportedly already stiff when officers smashed the glass and pulled her body out.

Cops who arrested him claimed she had been trapped in a "high heat environment" for an hour.

Deal had said the air conditioner was on and that he couldn't afford to damage his new car, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

He was charged with child abuse causing substantial bodily harm and missed his court hearing the next day.

Court records cite a medical issue and that he is being held on a $20,000 bond.

The paper reported that Deal flagged down officers patrolling near Martin Luther King Boulevard, at 3.22pm on Monday.

He told them he’d accidentally locked his keys inside his running car and that his girl was inside.

Police said he declined one of the officers' offer to call a locksmith, tow truck or to break the window and claimed she was sleeping.

He instead borrowed his phone to call his brother but after "several minutes" they broke the glass and pulled the unconscious girl out.

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She was pronounced dead at the scene and detectives claim Deal's brother had offered to punch out the window for him on their call.

Deal refused saying the air conditioner was on and called their mother to have her insurance company send a locksmith, according to his arrest report.

Deal reportedly said he didn’t have money to replace the window if broken.

Meanwhile his girlfriend said they had fought and she asked for him and his daughter to leave the apartment, police said.

It wasn’t clear how long it was by the time the window was broken, but police said they believe the girl was inside the hot car for more than an hour, according to the report.

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