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New court date for Carmichael father held in attack on his children

Charles Lee Ewers
Charles Lee Ewers Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

Charles Lee Ewers, the Carmichael father of two who authorities say tried to kill his children, then end his own life during a custody visit, will return May 8 to Sacramento Superior Court.

Ewers remains held without bail in Sacramento County custody on allegations of attempted murder and willful harm to a child causing great bodily injury against the two children, ages 8 and 10, in the April 4 incident. Ewers had been scheduled to appear Friday in the jailhouse courtroom where he last appeared, barefoot, restrained and wearing a heavy safety suit.

Deputies were called April 4 by the children’s mother to Ewers’ North Avenue home. There they found Ewers and his badly beaten and semi-conscious children in a car inside a locked garage, the engine running and a pipe leading from the exhaust into the car. Prosecutors allege in a criminal complaint that Ewers used a mallet in the attack.

Investigators said the children’s injuries were “significant.”

Call The Bee’s Darrell Smith, (916) 321-1040.

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