ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (KAKE) - A northwest Missouri man accused of beating his 6-year-old daughter to death with a baseball bat has died by suicide, authorities says.

The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office said 37-year-old Dustin L. Beechner died following a "self-harm event" at the jail on Thursday. He was charged with child abuse resulting in death. 

Police were called to a St. Joseph home early on September 2 and found a child, Jozlyn Marie Beechner, dead with blunt force trauma to the held, the St. Joseph News-Gazette reported.

The child was struck several times in the head with an aluminum baseball bat, according to a probable cause statement.

Beechner led police to the roof of the house, where they found a child’s body covered in a white sheet, according to the documents. He identified the girl as his daughter.

Beechner had two felony domestic assault convictions and was on probation on one of those past cases.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.