A League City man accused of beating his 6-year-old daughter to death faces a capital murder charge.
A Galveston County grand jury indicted Evan David Nolan, 26, after viewing evidence from the homicide Thursday morning. Nolan’s daughter, Whitney Williams, died in August from severe injuries, including brain trauma, a lacerated liver and internal bleeding.
A League City police officer driving to work the evening of Aug. 17 spotted a motorist driving recklessly and stopped the vehicle in the 1500 block of East Main Street. Williams’ mother, Brithony Williams, got out of the vehicle carrying her unconscious daughter, police said.
Emergency medical personnel took the girl to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, and later to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where she died the next day.
Doctors told detectives it appeared Williams’ injuries resulted from abuse, according to arrest affidavits used to initially charge Nolan with a felony count of injury to a child.
Williams’ mother initially told detectives a baby sitter had been watching her children, but she could not provide police with a phone number for the caretaker, according to the affidavits.
The mother told police the baby sitter had called her at work to tell her Whitney suffered a seizure and hit her head, according to the affidavits.
When detectives questioned Williams’ mother about text messages between her and Nolan indicating he was watching the girl, she told investigators Nolan had been watching her daughters at the couple’s League City apartment, according to the affidavits.
Nolan is accused of failing to call 911 to seek treatment for Williams, according to the affidavit.
League City police and U.S. Marshals arrested Nolan after a traffic stop the day after officers encountered the girl, police said.
The Galveston County District Attorney’s Office is investigating charges against Brithony Williams, Assistant District Attorney Adam Poole said.
The grand jury listened to four witnesses during more than three hours of testimony before deciding to indict Nolan, Poole said.
On Thursday, Nolan was in Galveston County Jail on $250,000 bond. If convicted of capital murder, he is eligible for the death penalty.