Police in Stockton, California says that they've arrested a 24-year-old man after his niece was killed, and they believe he's directly responsible for her death.
Law enforcement says that this monster, her uncle, Arthur Dean Combs tortured his niece which led to her death.
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Officers say that they responded to an emergency medical call involving a young child at about 4:15 AM in the 10500 block of Hidden Grove Circle in Stockton.
The seven-year-old girl was rushed to a local hospital, where she later succumbed to the major damage she sustained at the hands of the evil uncle and died as a result of her injuries.
While investigators have yet to identify the name of the innocent child, they say she suffered injuries that “were consistent with her being severely abused,” Stockton police spokesman Officer Joe Silva said.
After a thorough report describing the type of injuries suffered to the child by doctors at the hospital and speaking with friends and family officers then arrested Arthur Dean Combs on suspicion of torture and child abuse resulting in death.
Authorities said that Combs was detained and taken into custody at the San Joaquin County Jail in their French Camp just before noon on Tuesday.
His bail is currently set at $200,000. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 PM Thursday.
Hopefully, other inmates find out about the crimes he's committed against children and let him know how much they don't appreciate crimes against innocent kids.
Detectives and evidence technicians from the Stockton Police Department are reportedly still inside the home processing the scene where the alleged abuse took place, in order to produce evidence and determine what exactly took place.
Officer Silva said at this time he was unaware whether or not the girl’s parents had been in contact with police, but he said that detectives were interviewing family members and any potential witnesses who may know the family or have more information as to what was occurring inside the home.
The next step is to coordinate with Child Protective Services to see if they had responded to any other allegations at the home, Silva said.
He also added that he officially could not go into the details describing the injuries but said investigators will be looking for more evidence of any potential past injuries during the autopsy.
Silva did say that at this time the uncle is the only suspect in the case and unless something drastic changes he is solely responsible for the death of the child.
While this is considered ongoing investigation detectives must not determine whether or not there were any other children in the home or if other children have been harmed by Combs in the past.
“These type of cases and investigations just want to make us shake our heads because we’re wondering why anyone would want to do such a thing to a small child, especially a family member,” Silva said.
Silva closed in saying that, “Anytime a young child or infant dies it’s difficult for officers to investigate because many have small children themselves, or nieces and nephews, Silva said. But officers have to separate their feelings so they can conduct a thorough investigation and do the best thing for a successful prosecution. Afterward, officers can meet with a peer support group or chaplain to vent their feelings and remain healthy.” he said.
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