Father throws 4-year-old daughter off cliff after being ordered to pay child support

Father throws 4-year-old daughter off cliff after being ordered to pay child support
Published: 2015 November 15 09:38:14 (9151 Views)
A father threw his 4-year-old daughter off a cliff after a court ordered him to pay child support.

Cameron Brown hadn't been dating Sarah Key long when she discovered she was pregnant with Lauren.

Right from the start, Cameron demanded Sarah have an abortion, but she flatly refused.

Cameron left before Lauren was born and he grew increasingly aggressive towards Sarah.

When a court ordered Cameron to pay Sarah $1,000 a month in child support, it angered him so much that he did the unthinkable.

Cameron took four-year-old Lauren for a walk – then hurled the little girl off a cliff.

When Lauren was six months old, single mum Sarah filed for child support. Cameron demanded a paternity test and when it was confirmed he was Lauren's dad, a court ordered him to pay up.

Sarah went on to marry Greg Marer, who she met at church, and they raised Lauren together.

In 1999, Cameron asked for visitation rights. If these were granted, he would no longer have to pay child support.

At first the visits were supervised and progressed to unsupervised, with overnight stays. But Sarah was suspicious of his motives.

Lauren apparently didn't like spending time with her biological father and grew anxious about his visits. So in 2000, Sarah tried to stop them, but Cameron applied for full custody.

On 8 November, Lauren was due to visit Cameron after school and was distraught about going. When Sarah dropped her off at school in the morning, Lauren had to be pulled away from her.

Sarah was so worried that she went to the school early, to pick Lauren up before Cameron did – but she was too late.

Hours later, the police told Sarah that Lauren had fallen to her death from a cliff in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Cameron said he'd taken his daughter for a hike and she'd been throwing stones when she tripped and fell over the edge at a beauty spot called Inspiration Point.

The police and Sarah didn't believe him. Why had he taken Lauren to such a remote, rugged and dangerous spot?

Lauren hated hiking and her injuries were consistent with being thrown from the 120ft cliff. There were no injuries from tumbling down the side. She'd been 'forcibly launched' into the air.

Police knew Cameron resented the child support payments and his hatred of Sarah was apparent – he'd once tried to get her deported and he didn't even call her when Lauren died. Officers said he acted cold and distant at the scene.

It would take a three-year investigation before Cameron was arrested and charged with Lauren's murder. It was a tough case because there were no witnesses.

There were two trials, one in 2006 and the other in 2009, where the jury were deadlocked between a manslaughter or murder conviction – they agreed it was a crime but couldn't agree on the charge.

The third trial this year at the Los Angeles Superior Court would be the last. The prosecution said Cameron had thrown Lauren off the cliff because of the bitter custody dispute and the child support payments.

His defence said Lauren had tripped and fallen, so the conviction should be manslaughter, but the prosecution maintained her injuries weren't consistent with an accidental fall. She couldn't have run fast enough to clear the cliff without hitting outcrops on the way down.

Then came the most damning evidence so far. A new witness, a co-worker, revealed Cameron had said to them it would be "nice to get rid of Lauren" to get out of the monthly payments.

Sarah described the night that she and her husband had waited for Lauren to return. When her daughter was late home, she worried that Cameron had kidnapped her.

Sarah had remarried and tried to stop Lauren's dad from seeing their daughter

"We knew something really bad had happened," she testified.

Source - Mirror


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