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Defendant Sentenced for Attempted Murder of His Children

DATE:  June 7, 2017

CASE:  Charles Ewers (Case #15F02083)

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

The Honorable Jaime Roman sentenced Charles Ewers to 18 years to life in prison.  On May 4, 2017, Ewers pled guilty to two counts of attempted murder and admitted to two enhancements for causing great bodily injury and using a deadly weapon. 

On April 4, 2015, sheriff’s deputies responded to Ewers home after receiving a call from his estranged wife, who was concerned about her children after Ewers 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 heads and faces. Yellow hoses were connected from the exhaust pipe to a small opening through the rear passenger window. Deputies immediately removed the children from the vehicle.  Ewers remained 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 extensive injuries to their head and bodies. After physically assaulting them, he then forced the children into his running car and told them they were all “going to Heaven.”

When questioned by law enforcement, 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. 


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