A man in the USA has been arrested for trying to drown his two-year-old daughter in a pond after locking his five-year-old son in a car.

The man, identified as 42-year-old Timothy Ryan Shipman, took his kids to Pali Adventures summer camp grounds in California.

He then lied to the staff there to gain entry to the camp grounds where the pond was located. Shipman then locked his son in his vehicle and attempted to drown his daughter.

The girl may not have been alive today if it were not for the staff there. They managed to rescue the children just in time and called the police.

"Some of the staff at the camp were able to retrieve the children and keep them safe until deputies and medical personnel arrived," said Gloria Huerta of the Sheriff's Department.

Both children were taken to a nearby hospital for medical check-ups. They have now been handed over to their mother.

The police have not yet been able to establish the motive behind Shipman's horrific actions. He has been accused of attempted murder and his bail has been set at $1 million (£864,000), according to a report in The Mirror.

The incident comes days after another man was arrested for abusing his six-year-old daughter. The Pennsylvania resident identified as John Kraft, has been accused of brutally abusing his 6-year-old daughter multiple times.

The abuse occurred at their house in Waynesburg, and came to light in September. The police found out that the man used to brutally hit the girl using a belt and his arm that had a metal rod in it from surgery.

He would also bury her in a hole in their backyard as a form of punishment. Kraft is currently in jail and has been charged with multiple accounts of aggravated assault, along with simple assault, reckless endangerment, false imprisonment of a minor, strangulation, and endangering the welfare of children.

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