The Sacramento Bee reports the girl’s family says she was found dead with severe bruising. Family members said the girl's mother left her two children with Woods, who she had been dating, and the mother was the one who found her daughter, the Bee reports. The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office charged Woods with murder in the death of the girl Thursday morning, with a special circumstances enhancement alleging Woods committed torture in the girl’s death -- making the case eligible for the death penalty, the Bee reports.
KOVR-TV reports Woods has a criminal history. According to Sacramento County records, Woods most recently faced charges in 2011 for domestic battery and brandishing a weapon, and in 1996 he pleaded no contest to child abuse charges, KOVR reports.
Homicide Investigation Update Today at approx. 12:00pm, WSPD , in conjunction with @YoloDA Investigators, and @SacPolice executed an arrest warrant for suspect Derrick Woods at a residence Sacramento. Thank you to our community & law enforcement partners for their assistance. pic.twitter.com/aacpBA1HEX