California Father Allegedly Drowns 4-Year-Old Daughter in Church Baptismal Pool


A California father has been charged with suspicion of murder in the death of his 4-year-old daughter, who drowned in a baptismal pool in a local Catholic church, according to multiple reports.

Gerardo Mendoza Ordaz, 42, was arrested by Healdsburg police on Sunday, Fox’s KTVU reported. Prior to his arrest, he allegedly showed up in the back parking lot of a police station fully naked carrying his unresponsive daughter, who was fully clothed and soaking wet.

They had allegedly been at the baptismal pool at Healdsburg’s St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, the Associated Press reported, where police suspect Ordaz intentionally drowned the girl.

Ordaz allegedly arrived in the lot and began yelling for help at around 8:30 p.m., the Press Democrat reported. His 9-year-old son was also with him, wearing shorts and no shirt, Healdsburg Police Chief Kevin Burke said, according to the paper.

After police attempted to revive the girl with CPR, she was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead, Burke said in a Monday press conference posted to the Press Democrat‘s YouTube page.

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