2023 Author: Steven Freeman | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-24 12:22
A couple from the Napa Valley in northern California were found guilty Tuesday of torturing and killing their 3-year-old daughter, whose bodies they later hid in the freezer at their home.
Sarah Lynn Krueger, the girl's 27-year-old mother, and her boyfriend, Ryan Scott Warner, 29, were convicted of first-degree murder with special circumstances of torture in the death of Kayleigh Slusher three years ago. They were also blamed for abusing the minor, who died of multiple injuries that ripped her small intestine.
The police discovered the horrible crime when they received a call from a friend of the couple to report that the previous night they had visited the family's apartment and had seen that the minor was dead.
"He wanted nothing to do with it and told [the defendants] to call the police," District Attorney Kecia Lind told People. "[But] they didn't call the police, so he took it upon himself to make the call."
When authorities appeared in the apartment, according to the magazine, they found the girl's body partially frozen on her bed, with no trace of the parents. "It was in the freezer for at least a couple of hours," Lind explained. The little body was "extremely cold to the touch."
The couple had fled, but were arrested shortly after being seen at an IHOP restaurant.
The minor's autopsy revealed that her body had at least 41 wounds. "Essentially, all over the body, hands, legs, torso, butt … it was very hard. The medical examiner described the amount of pain and suffering she had to go through while she was dying. It was not a quick process,”said the prosecutor.
The lawyers for both defendants exchanged accusations. On the one hand, the mother's defense blamed the boyfriend for the blow that ended the little girl's life. On the other hand, she was said to be using methamphetamine.
The truth, highlighted the prosecution, is that "none of them had a legitimate explanation for the multitude of injuries and marks on the body [of the girl]."
"It was a really tough emotional case," Lind continued about the painful process that lasted almost 3 years. "It was extremely horrifying what happened [to the minor]."
The couple is expected to know the penalty that will be imposed on July 27. Both face life in prison without the possibility of parole.