West Columbia, SC (WLTX) - West Columbia police have arrested a man they say strangled and killed a woman whiletheir child was at the home.

David Richard Walker Jr., 30, is charged with murder in the death of 26-year-old Catherine Carrie Banty.

Officers say back on December 10th, Walker strangled the woman and hit her on the head at their home in West Columbia.

The couple's four-year-olddaughter was at the home when the killing took place. Police say Walker left the child with the victim's body when he fled the home. The girl was at home for almost a day, until she was found by a neighbor while wandering outside the home.

He was originally taken into custody by Aiken County deputies on December 17th. An affidavit states that when stopped, Walker told officers he was "wanted for murder."

The child is now in the custody of the victim's family.

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