SACRAMENTO– Charles Lee Ewers was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on Tuesday, April 7 on charges of attempted murder and felony child endangerment. He is being held without the possibility of bail.
Ewers, 38, was detained in his Carmichael home on Saturday, April 4, for attempting to kill his two children.
The Sheriff’s Department got a call at about 9:00 pm from the children’s concerned custodial parent, who reported that they had not been returned from a scheduled child visitation. When deputies arrived at Ewers’ home on the 5000 block of North Avenue, they found the lights out, and did not get an answer at the front door. They did, however, hear a vehicle engine running inside the garage, which was locked up.
After forcing their way into the garage, the deputies discovered a running vehicle with a hose leading from the exhaust pipe to the interior of the car. After quickly disabling the hose, they opened the car to find the two kids, aged 8 and 10, in the backseat, barely conscious. The deputies carried the children to the front yard, also noticing significant traumatic physical injuries to both of them. Meanwhile, Ewers was removed from the vehicle’s front seat, himself suffering from asphyxiation, and the three were transported to a local hospital. The children reportedly remain in serious but stable condition.
The investigation by Sheriff’s detectives determined that their father had physically assaulted the two children before putting them in the vehicle, in an apparent attempt to kill the children while taking his own life. Ewers was booked at the Sacramento County jail after his release from treatment.