An Arizona dad landed behind bars for allegedly stranding his 10-year-old daughter in the desert without shoes or water.

Christopher Charles Watson, 28, of Kingman, was charged with felony domestic child abuse after the girl was found alone sobbing Saturday morning in 91-degree heat, according to news station KSNV.

Authorities said that Watson and his daughter got into a fight so he decided to take her for a car ride to calm her down.

He admitted to officers that he forced her out of the truck and left her shoeless in the desert.

Police said that a passerby contacted 911 after she saw her crying and walking barefoot on asphalt and took the girl home.

According to Watson, he drove home and waited 15 minutes before returning, but could not find his daughter.

The 10-year-old told police that her dad bit her and she hit her head when he sped away from the desert, news station KPNX reported. She also reported having a headache and pain in her neck.

She was brought to Kingman Regional Medical Center, where she was treated and later released into Department of Child Safety custody.

Wow! Sometimes it’s better when parents aren’t around. Maybe some kids are better off not being around their fathers.