South L.A. Father Accused of Child Abuse Resulting in Death After 4-Year-Old Girl Dies: LAPD

A South Los Angeles man was arrested on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death on Monday, one day after his 4-year-old daughter died at a hospital, LAPD said.

Officers first initiated a death investigation after a call came in just after 11:15 a.m. Sunday from L.A. County University of Southern California Medical Center, where the child was pronounced dead, according to a Los Angeles Police Department news release.

The unidentified victim had been taken there from a home in the 1500 block of East 42nd Street, according to an LAPD news release.

A cause of death was not immediately released, but LAPD Officer Jeff Lee confirmed to KTLA Monday morning that it was being investigated as a homicide.

On Sunday, an LAPD official said detectives went to the girl's home to investigate and spoke with her parents.

The investigation led police to arrest 23-year-old Charles Richard Lee, the victim's father, according to the release.

Lee has been booked into jail and is being held on $1 million bail, according to inmate records.

No additional details have been released amid the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call LAPD's Abused Child Section, Juvenile Division at 213-486-0570, or -- during non-business hours and weekends -- 877-527-3247.

Anonymous tips can also be left through L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers by dialing 800-222-8477, and they can also be submitted through http://www.lacrimestoppers.org.

KTLA's Jennifer Thang and Dottie Evans contributed to this story. 

 

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