The cries for help came from just behind the police station in Healdsburg, a small town in Northern California.
In the parking lot outside police headquarters, officers found a naked man holding the wet, lifeless body of his 4-year-old daughter.
Gerardo Ordaz, 42, was arrested early Monday after investigators concluded that he drowned his daughter in the baptismal pool of a nearby Roman Catholic church, the Healdsburg Police Department said.
Earlier in the evening, Ordaz had been with his daughter and a 9-year-old boy in the sanctuary at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, about one block from the police station.
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