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Defendant Pleads Guilty to Attempted Murder of His Children

DATE:  May 5, 2017

CASE:  Charles Ewers (Case #15F02083)

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney Quirina Orozco, Special Assault & Child Abuse Unit

Charles Ewers pled guilty to two counts of attempted murder and admitted two enhancements for causing great bodily injury and use of a deadly weapon.   

On April 4, 2015 at 9:24 p.m., Sacramento Sheriff Deputies responded to Ewers home after receiving a call from his estranged wife who was concerned about her childrens’ whereabouts as Ewers had failed to return them at the agreed upon time.  Deputies heard the sound of a running car motor from the garage.  They forced entry into the garage where they found two children in the car, ages 8 and 10, with bloodied head and faces. There were yellow hoses connected from the exhaust pipe that led into a small opening through the rear passenger window. Deputies immediately removed the children from the vehicle while Charles Ewers remained in the car in the driver’s seat with a replica airsoft gun on his seat before he was later removed.  

Ewers admitted to deputies that he had given his children Ambien to make them drowsy and had planned to suffocate his children by carbon monoxide poisoning. When they failed to get drowsy, he used a mallet to strike them each repeatedly on their heads, causing them extensive injuries to their head and bodies. After physically assaulting them, he then forced the children into his running car where he told the children they were all “going to Heaven.”  

When questioned by law enforcement, Charles Ewers stated, “I am in control. I am not in a rage. I am in control and I am sad that it didn’t work out. If I could try again, I would.” He later explained that he had planned the act for several months and was looking for the “right time” to do it.  

Ewers will be sentenced to 22 years to life in state prison. Sentencing is scheduled for June 6, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 63 by the Honorable Jaime Roman.  

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