Cameron Brown, the man who threw his daughter off a 120-foot cliff to avoid paying child support just got sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
It’s been 15 years since Brown killed Lauren Sarene Key, and shocking details about this dead-beat dad have emerged in court that’ll make your head spin.
It was November 2000 when Brown took Key to Inspiration Point in Ranchos Palos Verdes, California. It was supposed to be joyful father-daughter trip but little did anyone guess that the little girl would never return.
Cameron Brown and the mother of his child, Sarah Key-Marer, were only romantically involved for a short while. When Key-Marer became pregnant, Brown tried to convince her to have an abortion. When that failed, he tried to get her deported to Britain. Key-Marer kept the baby and remained in the United States.
Brown wasn’t involved in his daughter’s life at first but then sought custody of her when he learned that his child support payments would be less. Money was a big issue to Brown when it came to his daughter, ever since the beginning.
In a trial, a witness testified that Brown had said it would be “nice to get rid of Lauren” to get out of paying the $1,000-a-month child-support payments.
Key’s stepbrother, Josh Marer, who was 10 years old at the time, remembered playing a board game with Key the night before she was killed. She allegedly became upset and kicked game pieces over before running into her room in tears.
“‘I think I’m going to die tomorrow,'” the four-year-old told her older brother.
Marer also said that his stepsister’s death derailed his life. He became addicted to drugs and attempted suicide several times before seeking recovery.
After Key disappeared off the cliff, Brown told police that his daughter ran ahead of him, tripped, and fell to her death. However, a prosecution expert showed that a girl aged four would not have been able to run fast enough to land where she landed below. There was no other explanation than the father must have thrown her off the cliff. The expert insisted that Brown be convicted of manslaughter.
Outside the courtroom, Brown’s wife, Patricia Brown said her husband misses the girl more than anybody else. Patricia still hopes that her husband will be freed, despite his life sentence.