YOLO COUNTY (KRON) — A Northern California man is accused of killing his 4-year-old daughter, who was found unresponsive Monday night after being pulled from a creek.
Witnesses say the father’s bizarre behavior tipped authorities off that something wasn’t right.
Yolo County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Putah Creek in Winters to reports of the drowning.
“She supposedly slipped but I’m not sure what they were doing down there at the time,” witness Joana Mora said.
Mora was the one who called for help.
She was home when a man suddenly pounded on her door.
“He said his niece had drowned. I told my brother ‘run with him if he needs help or anything,’” Mora said.
While she called 911, she says her brother helped pull the little girl up to a soccer field.
“She was drenched. My brother said she had like white stuff coming out of her mouth,” Mora said.
She says that’s when the girl’s father started doing CPR, telling Mora and her family he was CPR certified.
When a firefighter arrived and tried to take over giving CPR, Mora says the father pushed the firefighter off.
“A firefighter actually ran over there and tried to take over but he pushed him away,” she said.
The girl died.
Tuesday, sheriff’s deputies announced they arrested the girl’s father, 26-year-old Markeese Carter of Winters on several charges.
The charges include:
- Sexual assault
- Child endangerment
- Assault on a peace officer
His photo has not been released.
An autopsy on the girl was completed Tuesday morning, but a cause of death has not yet been determined.
Sheriff’s deputies are not releasing any other information about the girl’s father or the investigation at this time.