Skip to comments.Prosecutor: Dad Threw Girl Off Cliff to Avoid Child Support
Posted on 07/27/2009 2:36:29 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA
LOS ANGELES 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.
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.
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
Mr. Brown is probably one of the most stupid humans to walk on the face of the planet.
a special part of Hell reserved for that guy
Someday, in a better world, this subhuman thing will pay for what he did to that poor child.
DOWN TO THE LAST PENNY.
Don’t forget evil in that list of adjectives.
If he is guilty of doing that to a child, I tremble at the thought of him in the hands of an just and angry God.
I remember this case. How utterly evil and depraved.
I read about another case like this. It was proved the victim’s injuries were consistent with being thrown out and away from the cliff, and then falling down....not falling over and tumbling and clawing to try to stop the fall.
May justice be done for this tiny girl
Send him to China. After all, he probably has lots of healthy organ tissue that can be put to good use.
Or send him to Iran. There they just hang the rope around your neck and pull you up. Takes a while that way but far more entertaining.
What a sweet and innocent looking child — though of course at that age, they pretty much all are.
How evil must you be to throw her down a cliff and watch her scream and fight for her life?
I think I will wait to hear what evidence (If any) there is.
So far all they said is that he had demanded a paternity test. I want something more damning than that before I spew fire.
Nifong was pretty good at getting people riled up with his fabrications. And he is not an aberration within the District Attorney profession by any stretch of the imagination.
I want this monster dead.
If convicted, he could face life in prison without parole.
Wow, life without parole. WHAT ABOUT THE DEATH PENALTY?
I remember this case. There is NO WAY you take a little child “hiking” along those cliffs. There are great kid-friendly trails not far from there. And how suspicious he was afterwards. GUILTY. I wish it had been him over the cliff instead.
Who in their right mind would do such a horrendous evil thing like that to such a beautiful creature? My daughter is 4, and I couldn’t even dream on my worst day in the world even imagine the thought of doing something like this. I’m suprised that there wasn’t a capital punishment conviction.
I’m gonna be ticked off about this one for a while...
Worthless POS. Put this word in your vocab, a-hole: Consequences.
Go with God, Little One.
There is not enough information in the story to form an opinion.
I will say this though: Based on what I am reading in the article, even if everything the prosecution says is true (other than what actually happened at the cliff), it only gives motive and opportunity. If there is no incriminating physical evidence, I’d find the guy not guilty, but I would be highly suspicious that he probably did it.
I’ve learned in court that a Jury can get a hopelessly skewed view of the character of a person - in either direction.
So, this was a full-birth-abortion?
>>This too will pass. But it will hurt like a you know what.<<
I only know what I read in the article. If I had followed the original case, I might feel a touch differently.
However, if he is guilty, his activity would not be odd for an intelligent atheist. It would be highly pragmatic.
It would also be repugnant to any religious or agnostic person.
Aside from the cost to society: if you were to choose life w/o parole or death for yourself, what would you choose? I personally might prefer execution because it would be too depressing to live without hope, and death comes in the end anyway.
So all you really need is an allegation right? Say three hulking college athletes gang raped a stripper in a tiny bathroom?
Is that now the standard?
No evidence needed?
A tenuous motive?
A little girl is dead. That is tragic.
Convicting her father of murder - whether he is guilty or not won’t bring her back.
Convicting her killer on the basis of evidence is justice.
Convicting her father with hearsay is a lynch mob.
I’m not that into the lynch mob thing, thank you very much.
Based on the photo, she is the epitome of sweetness and light. How sad that such horror was visited upon her.
He just looks evil. Those are dead eyes.
Innocent until proven guilty? You mean mob justice isn’t what our country was founded on???
Poor little girl, so many people would love to have her as a daughter.
What... he couldn’t just throw himself off?? Then he would not have to worry about paying anything.
Pray this time there`s no deadlocked jury.
Murder one . God Almighty,a 4 year old girl.
I think that trip to the cliff would be an eye-opener. Depending on what I’ve heard about it being true, no parent would take a 4 yr old there because of how unsafe it is. Possibly manslaughter at least.
The problem here is with divorce and child-support law that essentially reduces many men to being slaves to their ex-wives and children.
It's one thing to see yourself as a provider that's part of a family.
It's another to see yourself as beast of burden and getting little back in return -- no love, minimal family time, nothing.
Sure, the guy's a monster, but sometimes our own system creates monsters.
What a beautiful child. How could this happen?
Trajectory calculations can be done from the point of impact to determine whether somebody fell or was pushed.
One of the chapters in this very interesting book deals with expert testimony on this very point - although in that case it was whether the man jumped or fell.
I personally might prefer execution because it would be too depressing to live without hope, and death comes in the end anyway.
I think if you or I were sitting on death row, we might want to live. I think that is why so many felons on death row fight their death penalty.
Simple physics can demonstrate that. Tumbling down an embankment sort of thing is not the same thing as being launched.
...by throwing off the same cliff, with a rope tied to his foot. Drag him back and drop him four times. One for every year of that baby’s life and the h@ll he has given to the mother forever.
If he is guilty, I vote for that.
An eye for an eye. The Grand Canyon might be about the same scale for his height and weight.
Anything we say here has little if any effect on the outcome of the case.
Now, if a major daily newspaper in the county from which the jury pool would be drawn, or 88 professors at a local university ditto, decided to declare him guilty without any evidence, or if the District Attorney lied, concealed exculpatory evidence, and tried the case in the newspapers, THAT would be a whole lot closer to a lynch mob.
By the way, a number of people have been convicted on hearsay evidence, if it falls under one of the exceptions to the hearsay rule. And circumstantial evidence (which I think is what is really involved here) has sent plenty of folks to the chair or the Big House.
But fortunately for the defendant and for our peace of mind (and likely our souls), we don't have the power to convict anybody on the basis of a pretrial news story.
I will say this -- IF CONVICTED, he ought to burn. Horrible crime and an absolutely inexcusable motive.
Well, the jury has to decide on the evidence. But he sure looks just the way you’d expect a vile murderer to look.
What a contrast between him and his daughter. Not so much his looks as his expression—what comes through the eyes and the set of his mouth.
I think this man is a disgusting human being.
Now if I may... how many women do the equivalent before birth for the same reason essentially.
Too many people in this country have no respect for life.
It’s just so heartbreaking.
I weep for that poor little one.
Almost makes you hope the Islamic view of Hell is correct.