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An ordained elder at a California megachurch was arrested on suspicion of torture and murder of her 11-year-old adopted daughter. The woman’s parents were also charged in connection with the torture and death of the young girl.

In the early hours of Aug. 30, deputies responded to a call of a child in distress at a residence in the Spring Valley area of San Diego County. Authorities rushed 11-year-old Arabella McCormack to a local hospital — where she was later pronounced deceased.

Following the girl’s death, deputies met Arabella’s adopted father, Brian McCormack — a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent. McCormack reportedly committed suicide in front of the deputies.

During the investigation, detectives suspected signs of possible child abuse, the sheriff’s department said. The girl was covered in bruises and had suffered “severe levels of malnourishment,” a police spokesperson said.

A medical examiner has not ruled on how she died.

On Monday, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department arrested Arabella McCormack’s mother and grandparents.

Leticia McCormack, 49, was charged with murder, three counts of torture, and three counts of willful cruelty, according to the 

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