California megachurch cuts ties with elder accused of killing adopted daughter and torturing siblings

According to local reports, the Rock Church of San Diego has reportedly severed ties with one of its parish leaders after they allegedly tortured their 11-year-old adopted daughter and the girl’s two younger siblings to death.

Leticia McCormack, a 49-year-old ordained elder at the Rock Church, is charged with murder, three counts of torture and three counts of willful child cruelty in connection with the death of her daughter Arabella McCormack and the abuse of her other children, officials said.

“The Rock no longer has any official relationship with Leticia,” the church told the San Diego Union-Tribune in a statement. “We extend our deepest condolences to all who are grieving at this time. Our heart goes out to each of them. The trial will continue and we hope that justice will be done for Arabella and her sisters.”

The church, founded by former NFL player Miles McPherson, did not immediately respond to a request from Fox News Digital.

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Leticia McCormack, a 49-year-old ordained elder of the Rock Church, has been charged with murder, triple torture and willful child cruelty in connection with the death of her daughter Arabella McCormack.

Leticia McCormack, a 49-year-old ordained elder of the Rock Church, has been charged with murder, triple torture and willful child cruelty in connection with the death of her daughter Arabella McCormack.
(San Diego Sheriff’s Office)

Authorities also charged McCormack’s parents, Adella Tom and Stanley Tom, with three counts of torture and three counts of intentional child cruelty in connection with the crimes.

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The San Diego County Sheriff’s Office (SDCSO) first began its investigation into McCormack and her parents on Aug. 30 when responding to reports of a child in distress at a home on the 3300 block of Lakeview Drive in Spring Valley.

Leticia McCormack was an ordained elder of the Rock Church of San Diego.

Leticia McCormack was an ordained elder of the Rock Church of San Diego.
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Authorities found Arabella in the home and suspected child abuse. They took the girl to the hospital, where her health eventually deteriorated over time, resulting in her death.

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During their investigation, police contacted the 11-year-old’s adoptive father, Brian McCormack, who, according to a press release, committed suicide in the presence of officers. Sources told NBC 7 that Brian McCormack was a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent.

Authorities took Arabella to the hospital, where her health eventually deteriorated over time, resulting in her death.

Authorities took Arabella to the hospital, where her health eventually deteriorated over time, resulting in her death.
(San Diego Sheriff’s Office)

It is SDCSO policy not to release information about other underage victims who may have been involved in the alleged crimes.

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McCormack, described as an Asian woman, is being held without attachment in the San Diego County Jail.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the incidents to contact the SDCSO Homicide Division at (858) 285-6330 or the sheriff’s emergency number after hours at (858) 565-5200. Anonymous tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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