FORT WORTH, Texas — A Fort Worth father was arrested after his 3-year-old daughter, he reportedly struck multiple times, died on Tuesday, according to statements from the Fort Worth Police Department today.
On November 28, 2021, at approximately 5:31 p.m., the Fort Worth Police Department responded to a "meet ambulance call" at the Taj Mahal apartments located at 2620 Merrick Street.
There, police say the mother of the child reported a suspect, identified by police as Billy Ray Joiner Jr., repeatedly struck her child.
The 3-year-old child was transported to an area hospital in serious condition.
Police officers located Joiner and took him into custody on charges for injury to a child and evading arrest.
Yesterday, December 1, 2021, the 3-year-old child, Joiner's daughter, succumb to her injuries at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Police Department Crimes Against Children Unit detectives were then notified of the child's death.
"Detectives have been in contact with the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office to determine the manner and cause of death, and advised the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office of the situation," read a statement from the Fort Worth Police Department today.
Police say the investigation remains active and ongoing.
Joiner is being held at the Tarrant County Jail on the injury to a child and evading arrests charges as well as two charges for aggravated assault in retaliation. As of press, bond had not been set.