When paramedics found 8-year-old Gizell Davis on the floor of her bedridden father's blood-spattered room, they saw wounds arching across her cold bodyprosecutors.
Davis' grandmother was charged soon after with the strangulation and beating
that left Davis dead in her family's South Austin home July 12. .
Andre Ford, 28, is not accused of inflicting any of the wounds on his
daughter at the family home in the 5200 block of West Adams Street. Instead,
prosecutors charged that he failed to try to stop the slaying and, in fact, took
part by directing his mother's abuse of the girl. He told his mother to tie the
girl to his bed, where she was allegedly forced to stand for four days straight.
When the girl urinated on herself, Ford ordered that she be held down and forced
to suck the urine out of the carpet.
"During these stretches when the victim was restrained, Andre Ford watched as
(his daughter) was denied food, water, sleep and use of the bathroom" .
Ford, who was arrested Sunday at a Berwyn nursing home, was diagnosed seven
years ago with scleroderma, a degenerative disease that hardens the skin and
other body tissue. He has been unable to walk for about three years.
After his arrest, Ford told police that he refused to allow Davis to go to
summer camp with her cousins for fear that her injuries would be discovered. He did not call 911 in the final week of his daughter's life,
because he was worried he would be blamed.
Davis had lacerations to her face, ears and lips, puncture wounds on her
chest and back, circular scars, multiple bruises and ligature marks on her
wrists and ankles. Clumps of her hair were found on the floor of her father's
bedroom. A head wound was left untreated so long that maggots had hatched in the
cut and spread to the front of her scalp while she was alive