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January 27, 2015: Newhall Father Charged With Murder, Sexual Assault of Newborn Daughter

Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

A Newhall man was charged today with sexually abusing and killing his 19-day-old daughter, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Julie Kramer said Matthew Brendan Warner (dob 11/12/84) faces one count each of murder, assault on a child causing death, torture, oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child 10 years or younger and aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Arraignment for case PA082876 was scheduled for today but continued to Feb. 18 in Department S of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, San Fernando Branch.

According to the felony complaint, the murder and sexual assault happened on Jan. 23.

Bail was set at $2.25 million. Warner faces a maximum penalty of life in state prison if convicted of all charges.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Santa Clarita Station.