Man drowned daughter in baptismal pool, police say

(FOX NEWS)- Police officers found a California man Sunday night naked and holding the lifeless body of his 4-year-old daughter, shortly after authorities say he drowned the girl in a baptismal pool at a Catholic church, KRON4 reported.

Gerardo Mendoza Ordaz, 42, was booked into Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of murder and is set to be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon.

“We cannot disclose a motive at this time, but we determined [the death] was not accidental,” Healdsburg Police Chief Kevin Burke said.

Officials believe Ordaz had been at St. John’s Catholic Church in Healdsburg with his daughter and his 9-year-old son, who police said was partially clothed when officers found Ordaz. The baptismal pool at the church is about a foot deep, KRON4 reported.

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