A Newhall father was charged today for the sexual abuse, torture and murder of his 19-day-old daughter.
Authorities charged 30-year-old Matthew Brendan Warner for a long list of disturbing acts, which includes murder, assault on a child causing death, torture, oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child under 10, and aggravated sexual assault of a child, according to the L.A. County District Attorney's Office.
According to the criminal complaint, Warner's wife left their daughter, Ellorah Rose Warner, with her husband while she went to work last Friday, reported the Santa Clarita Valley Signal. Warner allegedly told his wife that the baby had gone missing, so they went to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station to report it.
The next day at 7:30 a.m., deputies discovered the baby's body in the cab of a truck parked in a lot on the 20600 block of Newhall Avenue, just a half mile away from the family's apartment which is on the 21300 block of Alder Drive, reported CBS Los Angeles. Warner reportedly led the deputies to his daughter's body. He was arrested on suspicion of murder.
The newborn's grandmother told CBS Los Angeles that on the morning of the baby's death, she heard Warner use a strange and stern tone with the child, and also heard a muffled cry coming from the bedroom. She said neighbors told her that they later saw Warner leave the apartment carrying a bundle.
The baby's mother, who has not been identified, has not been arrested and is cooperating with investigators, reported KABC. Authorities said she was extremely distraught. It's unlikely that she'll face any charges.
According to court documents, Warner had been arrested three times last year. The arrest charges included suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and for violating his parole.
He is being held on $2.25 million bail and could face a maximum sentence of life in state prison if he is convicted. He will be arraigned in court on Feb. 18.