STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) — Stockton police say a man was arrested Saturday as a suspect in the death of his 7-year-old daughter.
Family identified the girl as Billie Williams.
“My niece was a very good little girl. very quiet,” said a family member of Billie Williams. “She just did what any other kid did. Play in the dirt, whatever. She didn’t deserve any of that that happened to her.
According to officials, police conducted a welfare check at a home on Candlewood Way near Ravenwood Drive around 4:44 a.m. When they arrived, Billie was found unresponsive inside the garage.
Police say she died at the scene.
Family members, who didn’t want to be identified, stood outside the home to mourn her death.
“We was getting prepared for my other grandson’s birthday party today and it was bittersweet,” said a family member.
“Officers took the father into custody and he was booked and processed into the San Joaquin County Jail,” said Officer Joe Silva.
According to detectives, they arrested 30-year-old Billy Williams on suspicion of torture and assault on a child resulting in death.
But family members say they still have questions.
“Soon as the police came they took him into jail, and then she get to stay in the house,” said a family member. “But I feel like if you at the house when a child die, everyone in the house should go to jail.”
While family members wait for answers, police are still investigating what happened.
“People in the home including the stepmother who lived there, and the 7-year-old’s biological mother, they have been talked to by investigators,” said Silva.
If you have any information, you are asked to call police at 209-937-8377.
This is a developing story.