New details emerge in Oildale child torture case

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Posted at 6:14 PM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 00:06:03-04

OILDALE, Calif. — There are new details in a case involving a boy found bound with zip-ties and hopping down the street in Oildale. His father has been arrested and is facing abuse and torture charges.

According to documents obtained by 23ABC when deputies went to arrest the father, William Davis, he asked why they wanted his cell phone and who would take care of his birds.

"It appeared he was more concerned about his phone and birds than he was with the boy," reported deputies.

According to the documents, the 7-year-old said he was tied up that morning with zip ties before his father left for work leaving the boy for 10 hours at a time.

The documents revealed that the boy had his hands zip-tied behind his back and his ankles were also zip-tied, during this time the boy was not able to eat, drink or used the restroom.

When asked how many times his father did this, the boy said 100 times.

The boy stated that he had lived in the complex for nearly a year, in that time CPS had been called on Davis after neighbors found the boy eating alone out of a trashcan.

The boy didn't know where his mom was, however, Davis stated she was out of state and they had been separated a year.

The boy's father often hit him with extension cords until he bled, and pulled his hair, causing his hair to fall out.

The documents also revealed the 7-year-old child was taken to Kern Medical for minor injuries, and while he was there they found various abrasions on his body.

Documents say they showed the father photographs of the injuries on the boy's body and noticed he “had a smirk or smile on his face for a brief period.”

Deputies on-scene collected evidence at the home including plastic cable ties, hemp cords, marijuana paraphernalia and a Google Nest camera, which allegedly recorded the day the boy hopped out of the apartment bound with zip ties and was later found by neighbors and deputies.

Davis faces one count of torture and five counts of willful cruelty to a child.

His bail has been set at $250,000. His next court date is scheduled for July 31.