So naturally he left her alone under a tree in the middle of the Arizona desert… with a gun!!!
He reportedly gave the five-year-old a .45-caliber handgun, and as authorities would later learn, it was cocked in a ready-to-fire position!! AWFUL!!!
According to authorities, the little girl was confused about why she was being left on the side of the road:
"I don't know why papa left me. I was calling out for him. He took me by some bushes, gave me a gun and left me."
Rater claims his truck got stuck, forcing the pair to walk. He says he only abandoned her under a tree after she was unable to keep walking… yet when he was eventually tracked down, it was at a store eating a cheeseburger and drinking beer.
The pitcher and two other unidentified people were pronounced dead early Sunday after a Coast Guard patrol found a 33-foot boat overturned on a jetty about 3:30 a.m. local Miami time, according to Coast Guard Chief Nyxolyno Cangemi.
The accident is currently being investigated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The Marlins, who were set to play the Atlanta Braves today, have canceled their game in light of the tragedy surrounding Fernandez (pictured above, left, laughing with an umpire during a game last week).
The team did release a statement on the matter, though (below):