STOCKTON, Calif. — Authorities in central California say they have arrested a 24-year-old man in the torture and death of his 7-year-old niece.

The Stockton Police Department says officers arrested Arthur Combs after responding to a call about a medical emergency involving a child.

The department says officers on Tuesday transported the girl to a hospital where she died “as a result of being abused.”

Stockton Police Department spokesman Officer Joe Silva says he can’t release details on the girl’s injuries until an autopsy is completed.

Silva tells the Stockton Record ( ) detectives are interviewing family members and any potential witnesses who may know the family.

Combs faces charges of torture and child abuse resulting in death.

Information from: The Record,

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