STOCKTON, Calif. (KTLA) -- A California father was charged with the child-abuse death of his 7-year-old daughter, whose body was found in the garage of their home on Saturday, authorities said.
Billy Dee Williams, 30, was arrested Saturday after officers were sent to check on the child’s welfare at a home on Candlewood Way, police said. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene. Family and friends identified her as Billie Williams.
Five other children at the home were taken into protective custody, police said.
The cause of the girl’s death was not immediately released, but a police statement said investigators believe she had been severely abused.
Billy Williams has been charged with one count of torture and six counts of felony child abuse, one of which includes an allegation of great bodily injury, the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office said.