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Mother, boyfriend arrested in 3-year-old California girl's death

Feb. 2, 2014 at 10:14 PM

EL CERRITO, Calif., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- A Northern California woman and her boyfriend were arrested Sunday in the sexual assault and beating death of her 3-year-old daughter, police said.

Bay Area Rapid Transit police said they took Sara Krueger, 23, and Ryan Scott Warner, 26, into custody about 11 a.m. PST at a BART station in El Cerrito a short time after the two fled a nearby restaurant where they had been spotted, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Napa police then arrested the pair on suspicion of special-circumstances murder and assault on a child resulting in death in the slaying of Kayleigh Slusher.

Kayleigh was found dead of apparent blunt force trauma in her bed in Krueger's apartment about 1 p.m. Saturday by Napa police officers conducting a welfare check based on an anonymous phone tip, police said.

"There is also preliminary evidence of a sexual assault," Napa police Lt. Debbie Peecook told the newspaper.

No parent or guardian was at the home, police said.

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