Police: Man put daughter in trunk

Published On: Jul 25 2012 12:30:19 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 25 2012 06:34:52 AM EDT

A father is charged with child abuse after police say he put his 5-year-old daughter in the trunk of his car for a few minutes.

ORLANDO, Fla. -

An Orlando man faces charges after admitting to putting his 5-year-old daughter in the trunk of his car because she was misbehaving at church.

Johnny Nguyen, 50, was arrested Sunday after a witness across the street from the Church of the Nazarene on Walnut Street in Orlando told police that she saw him throw the child in the trunk and keep her there for about a minute. 

The witness told police that she called 911 while her husband yelled at Nguyen to take the girl out.

Nguyen told Local 6 that he loves his daughter and was trying to discipline her because she was misbehaving in church.

Nguyen also said the back seats of the vehicle were down, so there was more air in the trunk.

Police said the temperature at the time of the incident was 97 degrees.  It's not known how hot it was inside the trunk.

Nguyen was arrested on charges of child abuse.

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