TUCSON - A preschool instructor is charged with theft after deputies investigated a 5-year-old's stolen iPod.
Allen Silversmith tried to blame his 6-year-old daughter when deputies questioned him, according to police reports.
Joy Hernandez said her daughter took the iPod Touch to school by accident, and it went missing.
"This really concerns me because I have that iPod connected to all of my stuff and my emails," Hernandez said.
She assumed the device was lost somewhere on the campus of Wright Brothers Christian Academy.
Her Find iPhone app located the device near an apartment complex across town. She was suspicious of Silversmith, and deputies questioned him at his home, which was close to the location the app gave.
When deputies questioned Silversmith with his daughter, the 6-year-old "looked like she was scared, fearful and had an expression of anxiety," according to the police report.
Hernandez said she was shocked when she read the report.
"This guy tried to throw his own 6-year-old daughter under the bus," she said.
Silversmith said to his daughter, "'You shouldn't have done that. That was very bad and wrong of you.' He raised his voice at her," according to the report.
"It would be traumatizing," Hernandez said.
Deputies eventually got him to confess, according to the report.
Silversmith is charged with misdemeanor theft.
"I pray for that little girl," Hernandez said. "I think her father needs a lot of prayer, and she needs a lot of prayer. I have concerns about the parenting going on in that house."
The report was passed to the Pima County Crimes Against Children Unit and the Arizona Department of Child Safety.
Hernandez pulled her daughter from Wright Brothers Christian Academy.
The school confirmed Silversmith was fired but did not want to comment further.