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Prosecutor: Dad Threw Girl Off Cliff to Avoid Child Support

Posted by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 11:04 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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TuMaiidiiTa.
by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 11:07 PM

Holy sh!t!!!!!!!!!! WoW!!!!!!!  

lalala09
by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 11:07 PM

That poor little girl.

MsDean
by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 11:07 PM

Thats the next city over so even if it wasn't foul play I dont see how any parent would let their child run around those cliffs, especially a 4 year old.  Its a really sad story and i hope justice is served.

missamanda86
by Ruby Member on Jul. 28, 2009 at 11:09 PM

He could have just signed his rights away!






lifeisajoy
by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 11:11 PM


Quoting TuMaiidiiTa.:

Holy sh!t!!!!!!!!!! WoW!!!!!!!  


Datina
by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 11:15 PM

omg... how sad. :(

heathermichelle
by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 11:22 PM

how sad 

MaxsLovingMommy
by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 11:29 PM

I would much rather he have done this and not killed her! I would happily not take child support if it came to someone killing the child! Geez....people are so cruel!

Quoting missamanda86:

He could have just signed his rights away!


cdgoldilocks
by Gold Member on Jul. 28, 2009 at 11:31 PM

crying

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A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have. -Barry Goldwater

missamanda86
by Ruby Member on Jul. 28, 2009 at 11:37 PM

I agree! I cant even imagine waht her mom went through...

Quoting MaxsLovingMommy:

I would much rather he have done this and not killed her! I would happily not take child support if it came to someone killing the child! Geez....people are so cruel!

Quoting missamanda86:

He could have just signed his rights away!








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