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Father who admitted trying to kill children draws 18-years-to-life sentence

Charles Ewers
Charles Ewers Sacramento Bee file photo

A Carmichael father who admitted to drugging and bludgeoning his two children and trying to kill himself was sentenced Tuesday to 18 years to life in prison.

Charles Ewers, 40, pleaded guilty in May to two counts of attempted murder. He also admitted to two enhancements for causing great bodily injury and using a deadly weapon, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Sheriffs deputies went to Ewers’ home on April 4, 2015, after receiving a call from his estranged wife, who was concerned about her 8-year-old son on and 10-year- old daughter. The children were with Ewers as part of a visitation agreement and he had failed to return them at the agreed-upon time. He previously had pleaded no contest to a domestic violence charge in 2013.

Deputies heard the sound of a car motor in the garage. Forcing their way into the garage, they found his children with bloodied heads and faces, the news release said. Yellow hoses were connected from the exhaust pipe to a small opening through the rear passenger window.

Deputies immediately removed the children from the vehicle. Ewers remained in the driver’s seat with a replica Airsoft gun on his seat before he was removed.

Ewers admitted to deputies that he had given the children Ambien to make them drowsy and had planned to suffocate them by carbon monoxide poisoning. When the drug failed to make them drowsy, he repeatedly struck each child in the head with the mallet, causing extensive injuries. He then forced the children into the running car, telling the youngsters that they were all “going to Heaven.”

When questioned by law enforcement officers, Ewers stated, “I am in control. I am not in a rage. I am in control and I am sad that it didn’t work out. If I could try again, I would,” the news release said. He later told authorities that he had planned the act for several months and was looking for the right time to do it.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy