Man accused of threatening to kill young daughter

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A man was arrested in Surprise Monday after allegedly threatening to kill his 10-year-old daughter.

A Surprise police officer on Monday conducted a welfare check on the girl, who was visiting 47-year-old Ralph Vincent Lawson in the area of 181st Avenue and Young Street.

The child has been visiting Lawson at his live-in RV, which her mother told police she allows because of a custody order, according to court documents.

The child told her mother Lawson had threatened to kill her.

The officer responded to the area where Lawson's RV was parked. According to court documents, his RV was on a property where a home was being built and he appeared to be using electricity from a nearby model home.

The child told the officer her father, who was reportedly extremely intoxicated, made statements about killing her if he had the strength, according to court documents.

Lawson allegedly made the threats after becoming upset about not being able to open a box of food. The child told police she had handed her father the box and asked him to make dinner.

She also told police her father drinks frequently and then drives the RV with her inside.

Lawson was charged with one count each of endangering a minor and making threats.

The officer contacted the owner of the property where Lawson's RV was parked to determine if the man will also face trespassing and theft charges, according to court documents.