A Florida man accused of several crimes against a toddler, which included shooting her with a BB gun while wearing a werewolf mask and torturing her with a dog shock collar, was found dead in his cell of an apparent suicide according to a report:
The suspect in a high-profile child abuse case in Florida has died.
Andrew Ross Celaius, 37, was found hanging in his jail cell on the night of Wednesday, May 1, and transported to a hospital.
The Pensacola News Journal reports Celaius’ family members decided to terminate his life support after nearly a week. He was pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said Wednesday.
Morgan said preliminary findings indicate Celaius’ injuries were self-inflicted, the newspaper reports.
Celaius was facing multiple charges linked to the torture of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter.
Authorities said Celaius filmed the abuse over a two-month period. They said the abuse included throwing bottles at the girl while she was sleeping, burning her with a blowtorch, shooting her with an airsoft gun and shocking her with a dog collar.
Celaius allegedly wore a werewolf mask during the abuse, WKRG reports.
As for the child, authorities said she is now in the custody of her biological father.