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Prosecutor: Dad Threw Girl Off Cliff to Avoid Child Support

Posted by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 9:05 PM
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Prosecutor: Dad Threw Girl Off Cliff to Avoid Child Support

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

AP: A father who had no interest in his 4-year-old daughter did the unimaginable -- hurling her off a 120-foot cliff to avoid paying child support, a prosecutor said Monday during the man's murder retrial.

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Cameron Brown, 47, has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder in the death of Lauren Sarene Key in November 2000. If convicted, he could face life in prison without parole.

Deputy District Attorney Craig Hum said during his opening statement that Brown killed Lauren because he didn't want to pay about $1,000 a month in child support.

Defense attorney Pat Harris countered that it was an accident when the girl fell from Inspiration Point in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Hum portrayed Brown as an uncaring father who tried to shirk his parental responsibility at nearly ever turn. After Brown learned the girl's mother, Sarah Key-Marer, was pregnant with Lauren, he sought a paternity test that eventually proved he was the father, Hum said.

"Does he show any interest in the child he fathered?" Hum asked. "Absolutely not."

Only when he was forced to pay child support did Brown finally see his daughter -- about three years after she was born, Hum said, adding he only saw her 12 times on visits before she died.

Hum argued that Brown and Lauren went out to the cliff where nobody could see them, and he "hurled" her into the Pacific Ocean.

"This man picked up Lauren, whom he fathered but was never a father to, and threw her off a cliff into the water below," Hum said.

Brown, wearing a dark suit and a red tie, stared at Hum during his opening statement and showed no reaction.

Harris gave a different account of his client's relationship with his daughter, insisting the case was nothing more than "character assassination." He dismissed the prosecution's contention that it was a "good-versus-evil" struggle between Brown and Key-Marer.

"It was two parents trying to work out arrangements so they could have a happy child," Harris said.

Harris said Brown carried a picture of Lauren in his wallet, gave her gifts and toasted with his friends when he learned he would get visitation rights. Two weeks before her death, Brown filed court documents seeking more visits with Lauren, Harris said.

"It doesn't make sense," he said.

Brown was tried three years ago, but a mistrial was declared after a jury deadlocked on the severity of the crime. Some jurors favored a first-degree murder conviction, while others voted for second-degree murder or manslaughter.

Both sides intend to call experts to give their opinions on how Lauren died. Jurors will also take a trip to the cliff to see where the alleged crime occurred.

 





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by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 9:05 PM
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samthecat001
by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 9:32 PM

i am shaking my head in disbelief.
that poor baby.  that poor mother,

ugh.

 






 


  


'Crop Circles' are just Chuck Norris' way of telling the world that sometimes corn just needs to lay the fuck down.

faerie75
by Silver Member on Jul. 28, 2009 at 9:35 PM

 fucking disgusting excuse for a human.

and i will be disappointed in the humanity of anyone who says anything about "thats what happens when you try to force some one to be a father."

ugh. @smw@

atlmom2
by Susie on Jul. 29, 2009 at 7:52 AM

Why do these type people ever have children to begin with?  I just don't get it.  This type crap happens more and more and more lately.  Why do the Mom's get with these men?

applemom
by on Jul. 29, 2009 at 7:58 AM

WOW!  A mistrial because the jury couldn't decided on the severity of the crime.....REALLY?!?!?  There are that many people that didn't think his crime was that bad?!?! 

I feel bad for the family, but that part about the mistrial is really discouraging when it comes to society these days.

atlmom2
by Susie on Jul. 29, 2009 at 8:02 AM

AND, some stupid people on jurys hand over millions for stupid lawsuits every single day.  Very sad shape we are in with our court systems. 

Quoting applemom:

WOW!  A mistrial because the jury couldn't decided on the severity of the crime.....REALLY?!?!?  There are that many people that didn't think his crime was that bad?!?! 

I feel bad for the family, but that part about the mistrial is really discouraging when it comes to the courts these days.


kylandof4
by on Jul. 29, 2009 at 8:07 AM

This is why I believe in the death penalty

mamaof2angles
by on Jul. 29, 2009 at 8:11 AM

For once atlmom I agree with you, unfortanly these things happen ALOT and not all of the people get conviceted(sp).

Quoting atlmom2:

AND, some stupid people on jurys hand over millions for stupid lawsuits every single day.  Very sad shape we are in with our court systems. 

Quoting applemom:

WOW!  A mistrial because the jury couldn't decided on the severity of the crime.....REALLY?!?!?  There are that many people that didn't think his crime was that bad?!?! 

I feel bad for the family, but that part about the mistrial is really discouraging when it comes to the courts these days.

 


EireLass
by Ruby Member on Jul. 29, 2009 at 2:47 PM

Would have been better if wife threw husband off the cliff.....there might have been life insurance! I hate people like that.

aimige
by on Jul. 29, 2009 at 2:49 PM

First the Lady in TX then this one..what is the world coming to?

I think WE ALL need to think twice before we criticize the moms/parents here on Cafemom over the PA, BF/FF, ERF and other drama threads.  Apparently the "bad" ones don't participate on here.. 

tinkerbelle18
by on Jul. 29, 2009 at 2:52 PM

What the hell is wrong with some people?!?!  That just insane! I hope they throw the book at him.

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