On Monday, a father pleaded guilty to trying to kill his children by suffocating them with a car exhaust inside a locked garage. ” If I could try again, I would,” the suspect remarked.
On the evening of April 4, 2015, Sacramento Sheriff Deputies responded to Charles Ewers’ home after his estranged wife expressed concern regarding their children’s whereabouts. Ewers had reportedly failed to return them at the agreed upon time.
Deputies discovered both children bloodied inside the car.
When deputies arrived at the home, they heard the sound of a running car motor from the garage. After they forced entry into the garage, they discovered two children, ages eight and 10 in the car. The deputies who responded noted that both children had “bloodied head and faces.”
Ewers attempted to kill his children through carbon monoxide poisoning.
Moreover, they soon noticed that there were yellow hoses that had been connected from the exhaust pipe. This led to a small opening through that rear passenger window of the car. Seeing this, deputies immediately removed both children from the vehicle as Ewers remained inside. He was found in the car’s driver seat with a replica airsoft gun. Deputies also later removed Ewers from the car.
Ewers had been waiting for the “right time” to kill his children.
Eventually, Ewers admitted to the deputies that he planned to suffocate his children through carbon monoxide poisoning. However, when they failed to get drowsy, he struck both children with a mallet repeatedly on their heads. This caused extensive injuries in their heads and bodies. After physically assaulting his children, Ewers forced them both in his running car. He also told his children that they were all “going to Heaven.” Moreover, Ewers also confessed that he had been planning to kill his children for several months and had been looking for the “right time” to do it. ”
According to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, Ewers stand to serve between 22 years to life in prison. His sentencing is scheduled on June 6.