Man Arrested in 3-Year-Old Daughter's Death

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    A man who identified himself to NBC 5 as the father of Anastasia Williams, said he had no idea how she was injured.

    A 27-year-old North Texas man has been arrested in the death of his 3-year-old daughter.

    Hurst police say Robert Marquis Lamar Williams was arrested Tuesday on a murder-serious bodily injury charge in the death of Anastasia Williams, who was found dead March 22 in her bedroom.

    Police said the girl's father said he found her unresponsive in her bedroom and called 911 saying she was sick and needed help.

    Robert Williams remained jailed Wednesday on $100,000 bond. Jail records did not list an attorney.

    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports an arrest affidavit says the day before she was found dead, Anastasia was crying in her room when her father went in, slamming the door. A witness told police he heard thumps and thuds for 30 to 45 seconds.

    The medical examiner ruled her death a homicide, caused by an injury to her abdomen that lacerated her liver.

    The affidavit said Williams denied killing her. On March 25, a man who identified himself as Williams' father spoke with NBC 5 but did not provide his name when he answered the door. The man said he was grief-stricken over his daughter's death, calling it "unexplainable." He said he did not know how the trauma to Williams' abdomen occurred.

    "No, we don't. And at the moment, that's all I got to say right now. Thank you," he said.