Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Dad accused of torturing, raping, and killing 19-day-old daughter (Los Angeles County, California)

What a repulsive piece of sh**.

Dad is identified as MATTHEW BRENDAN WARNER.

Newhall father makes court appearance in infant daughter’s death

Posted: April 28, 2015 4:58 p.m. Updated: April 28, 2015 4:58 p.m.

By Jim Holt
Signal Senior Staff Writer

A Newhall man accused of torturing and killing his 19-day-old daughter appeared briefly in court Tuesday as lawyers tried to set a date for his preliminary hearing, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said Tuesday.

Matthew Brendan Warner, charged in January with torturing, sexually assaulting and murdering his 19-day-old daughter Ellorah Rose Warner, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court Tuesday, District Attorney spokesman Ricardo Santiago said.

Warner, 30, was ordered to appear back in court next month. Once a date has been set for a preliminary hearing, prosecutors present evidence in the case, after which the judge would be expected to decide if the case should go to trial.

Last week, investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department revealed the results of forensic tests that showed Ellorah Rose Warner died as a result of blunt force trauma.

Warner remains in custody charged with murder, assault of a child causing death, torture, oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child under 10 years old, and aggravated sexual assault of a child.

According to the criminal complaint, each of the crimes occurred on Jan. 23 — the day mother Tawni Wallis left baby Ellorah with her husband.

That evening, Warner and Wallis went to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station to report their daughter missing.

On the morning of Jan. 24, Warner led deputies to an area where the infant’s body was found in the cab of a pickup truck at a Newhall park-and-ride lot.

Warner pleaded not guilty to the charges against him March 12 in San Fernando Superior Court.

He faces a maximum penalty of life in state prison if convicted of all charges.