Calif. Father Arrested After 7-Year-Old Daughter Is Found Dead, and 5 Other Kids Are Taken from Home

A little girl in California is dead and her family is searching for answers after her father was arrested on suspicion of torturing her.

Seven-year-old Billie Williams was found dead Saturday morning in her family’s Stockton garage, CBS13 reports. Police were conducting a welfare check at 4:44 a.m. when they discovered her body. Her father, 30-year-old Billey Williams, was arrested on suspicion of torture and assault on a child resulting in death, Fox40 reports.

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Five other children at the house at the time of the welfare check were taken into custody, ABC10 reports.

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On Sunday night, those closest to Billie came together to honor the little girl with a vigil.

Balloons, flowers, candles, stuffed animals and photos were set out to help memorialize her in front of the house where she died.

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“I just want her to be remembered as a sweet young girl, and she didn’t deserve this,” Billie’s cousin, Deanthony Reaves told ABC10. “She’s definitely in a better place. It’s sad for us, but she’s in a better place.”

“I want you all to know that she’s a loving and caring little kid,” Reaves noted, according to KCRA.

As authorities continue to investigate, Billie’s family waits for answers.

“We just want justice for her, by any means necessary,” Carolyn Bryant, Billie’s grandmother said. “We just want justice.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Stockton police at 209-937-8377.