A California megachurch leader and her parents have been arrested on charges including murder and torture in the death of the woman’s 11-year-old daughter.

Leticia McCormack, a leader at Rock Church in San Diego, founded and led by former NFL player Miles McPherson, was booked in jail Monday on a charge of murder, three counts of torture, and three counts of willful cruelty to a child in the death of Arabella McCormack, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Elder at San Diego Megachurch Arrested in Alleged Abuse Death of 11-Year-Old Daughter

On Thursday, McCormack’s leadership profile had been removed from the megachurch’s website.

Arabella was initially fostered before being adopted by Brian and Leticia McCormack, officials said.

The 49-year-old church elder’s father, Stanley Tom, 75, was also charged with murder, three counts of torture, and three counts of willful cruelty to a child, according to a news release from the department. Arabella’s grandmother Adella Tom, 70, was booked on three counts of torture and three counts of willful cruelty to a child.

‘Severe levels of malnourishment’

On Aug. 30, deputies responded to a child-in-distress call at a home in Spring Valley, in the eastern part of the county, where they found Arabella, according to the news release.

  Leticia McCormack, a leader at Rock Church in San Diego, founded and led by former NFL player Miles McPherson, was booked in jail on Nov. 7. 2022 on charges of murder and in connection to the death of Arabella McCormack, her 11-year-old daughter pictured here.

The 11-year-old was rushed to a hospital, where her health declined and she died, officials reported, according to the release. Detectives said they suspected child abuse.

The girl was covered in bruises and had suffered “severe levels of malnourishment,” a police spokesperson told The San Diego Union-Tribune.

During the investigation, deputies contacted the girl’s father, Brian McCormack, near the family’s home. According to the release, he died by suicide in their presence.

Arabella had two sisters, ages 6 and 7, the release says, who are now living with a foster family.

On Thursday afternoon, a Rock Church spokesperson told USA TODAY that Leticia McCormack began volunteering with the Rock Church in 2013 and has helped in various capacities, including administrative tasks and helping coordinate events and other ministry activities.

The spokesperson also said that her ordination at Rock Church was previously suspended and as of Thursday was in the process of being revoked.

The church also released the following statement to USA TODAY:

“We continue to grieve for Arabella and her sisters. We are so sorry that their family and friends are experiencing this unimaginable loss and pain.  We send our deepest condolences to all that are grieving at this time.  Our hearts go out to each of them.

The legal process will run its course and we hope justice for Arabella and her sisters will be served. We are praying that God’s love and grace will bring comfort and healing.

The Rock no longer has any official relationship with Leticia.”

Leticia taught courses called ‘Kingdom Life Encounter’ about how to model one’s life after Jesus at the Rock Church in San Diego, founded by former NFL player Miles McPherson, who is the pastor.

The church said it has now severed ties with McCormack, who had been an active volunteer for more than a decade.

Torriana Florey, the biological mother of the girls, told The San Diego Union Tribune that she lost custody of her three daughters to Child Protective Services because of a ‘domestic violence dispute’ with their father. Florey said she suffers from bipolar disorder.

‘I couldn’t be the mom the courts wanted me to be, because I was learning,’ Florey said. ‘Arabella was my first daughter.’

Florey described her daughter as a beautiful, bubbly and loving child.

The sheriff’s department could not immediately be reached by USA TODAY Thursday.

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