Po­lice: Fa­ther tried to kill kids

Los Angeles Times - - CALIFORNIA - — Veron­ica Rocha

A North­ern Cal­i­for­nia man tried to poi­son him­self and his chil­dren with ex­haust fumes from a run­ning ve­hi­cle, sher­iff ’s of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day.

Charles Lee Ew­ers, 38, of Carmichael was taken into cus­tody Tues­day af­ter he was re­leased from the hos­pi­tal, the Sacra­mento County Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment said.

Ew­ers has been booked on sus­pi­cion of at­tempted mur­der and child en­dan­ger­ment in con­nec­tion with the beat­ing of his chil­dren be­fore an at­tempt to kill them.

Au­thor­i­ties said they re­ceived a call from the cus­to­dial par­ent about 9 p.m. Satur­day af­ter the two chil­dren, ages 8 and 10, had not re­turned home from their sched­uled visit with Ew­ers.

When deputies went to Ew­ers’ home, they found the ve­hi­cle run­ning in the garage with a hose ex­tend­ing from the ex­haust pipe to the in­side the car.

They re­moved the hose, opened a car door and found the two chil­dren semi-con­scious. Ew­ers was also in the car, the Sher­iff’s Depart­ment said.

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