Once the girl began to cause a disturbance in Sunday church, a witness across the street from the Church of the Nazarene saw Nguyen throw the girl into the trunk of the car on a day it was 97 degrees. The witness called 911 and her husband confronted Nguyen to get him to let the girl out.
When police arrived he told police he was disciplining his daughter, and that he loved her very much. He also pointed out that the back seats were down and she had plenty of room and air.
Nguyen was arrested and charged with child abuse.