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October 6, 2015: Newhall Father Sentenced to 50 Years to Life for Murder of Newborn Daughter

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

A Newhall man was sentenced today to 50 years to life in state prison for killing his 19-day-old daughter, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Julie Kramer said Matthew Brendan Warner, 30, entered a no contest plea to one count of first-degree murder on Sept. 2.

Warner also admitted a 2005 prior strike for conviction for first-degree residential burglary.

Before sentencing the defendant, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Walgren of the San Fernando Branch heard victim impact statements from the infant’s mother and grandmother.

The defendant killed Ellorah Rose Warner at their home in Newhall while the baby’s mother was at work on Jan. 23, the prosecutor said. Matthew Warner then claimed the newborn had been kidnapped and a search began to find her, the prosecutor added.

Warner eventually led authorities to the infant’s body which he had hidden in the cab of a truck parked in a nearby parking lot.  

Case PA082876 was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.