Napa Woman & Boyfriend Arrested on Suspicion of Sexual Assault, Homicide of 3-Year-Old

The child was found dead in her Napa apartment on Saturday afternoon, according to police officials.

Ryan Scott Warner Photo provided by Bay City News
Ryan Scott Warner Photo provided by Bay City News
By Bay City News—

Police arrested a mother and her boyfriend today after being questioned in connection with the sexual assault and homicide of the woman's three-year-old daughter in Napa on Saturday, according to a police lieutenant. 

The girl's mother, Sara Krueger, 23, and her boyfriend, Ryan Scott Warner, 26, have both been arrested for assault resulting in a child's death, homicide, and special circumstances murder, according to police. 

The homicide investigation began at about 1 p.m. on Saturday when Napa police received an anonymous phone call requesting a welfare check at an apartment in the 2000 block of Wilkins Avenue for a three-year-old girl, police said. The girl was initially reported by police to be 4-years-old, but authorities confirmed on today that she was actually 3-years-old. 

Officers entered the apartment and found the young girl deceased in her bed, police said. Detectives found evidence of foul play, observed signs of blunt force trauma injuries on the child's body, and found preliminary evidence of a sexual assault, according to Napa police Lt. Debbie Peecook. 

The girl's mother and her mother's boyfriend were not home when police arrived and had been last seen carrying luggage from Krueger's apartment at about 10 a.m. on Saturday, according to police. Neither Krueger nor Warner owns a vehicle and police were not been able to reach them on their cellphones, Peecook said. 
Regional law enforcement was advised to be on the lookout for the couple, police said.

A citizen saw the couple at a restaurant in El Cerrito, about 30 miles south of Napa, and reported the there whereabouts to police. BART police detained Krueger and Warner at the El Cerrito del Norte BART station, at about 11 a.m. today, according to Peecook. 
Napa police officers picked up the couple and interviewed them about the circumstances surrounding the death of Krueger's daughter. Both Warner and Krueger are being booked into the Napa County Department of Corrections, according to Peecook. 

Detective Andy Hess is in charge of the investigation and anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact him at ahess@cityofnapa.org.

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bluecollardoctor February 03, 2014 at 02:15 PM
Credit the swift apprehension to several alert citizens; the ones in Napa who wondered what this couple was doing with a bunch of luggage and no kid, and the one in El Cerrito who spotted them. I wonder if they used the Vine 29 express as their getaway vehicle? Once on BART they would have blended in nicely.
BonV February 04, 2014 at 09:46 AM
This just breaks my heart! That poor angel sacrificed by her mother to placate her evil, loser, and scum of the earth boyfriend. The mother (if you can even call her that) is just as bad as the boyfriend. This is one situation when I do support the death penalty but if these two are placed in general population, they will die a much more horrible death (especially the woman) and sooner too than if they are placed on death row.
One person February 04, 2014 at 10:54 AM
What if police/cps were able to a background check of all people living with a child in possible danger. Police should be able to use social media accounts against caretakers of kids. This guy was not safe to be near this poor child much else live with her. How about mandatory drug tests to those on housing/welfare? So sad. This little girl should have been pulled out of this drug infested life and given a chance. Meth kills!
wiseone February 04, 2014 at 02:10 PM
This tragedy was compltele avoidable. The child in this family should have been removed from the home long before she was sexually abused and beaten to death. She was obviously being followed by Child Protective Services if the police were doing safety checks. The problem is that our system failed her miserably and I would like to know why and how.My guess is that some judge decided that the best place for her was with her mother. Why? Did the child have an advocate? Did the court require that her mother be tested for drugs? If so, why was this child not immediately removed from the home when her mother started using drugs,as was reported by others. Somehow our system failed this precious little girl. We need answers and we need to fix the system so that this never happens again.
Autumn Johnson February 05, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Police: Napa Couple Charged with Murder Admit Keeping 4-Year-Old's Body in Freezer http://napavalley.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/police-napa-couple-charged-with-murder-admit-keeping-4yearolds-body-in-freezer_214245b2


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