Father Accused of Attempted Murder of his Children Returns to Court
SACRAMENTO—A Sacramento father accused of trying to kill his children will return to Sacramento Superior Court on May 8, 2015.
Charles Lee Ewers, 38, is accused of causing his children, ages 8 and 10, great bodily harm after locking them and himself in a car in the garage of his Carmichael home on Saturday, April 4, and letting the exhaust fumes seep into the vehicle. The children were staying with him as part of his custody agreement.
He is being held without bail at the Sacramento County Main Jail. Ewers had been scheduled to appear May 1 in the jailhouse courtroom where he last appeared, barefoot, restrained and wearing a heavy safety suit.
Deputies were called April 4 by the children’s mother to Ewers’ home on the 500 block of North Avenue, where they found the suspect and his badly beaten and semi-conscious children in a car inside a locked garage, with the engine running and a pipe leading from the exhaust into the interior. Prosecutors said Ewers used a mallet in the attack on the two kids.
Deputies pulled the children and Ewers out of the sedan and into the front yard, where they saw the children’s significant injuries. They were all transported to the hospital.
In 2013, Ewers pleaded no contest to a domestic violence charge and was accused of inflicting “corporal punishment resulting in a traumatic condition.” He completed a batterer’s treatment program at that same time and paid restitution.
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