NAPA — A Northern California woman and her boyfriend accused of killing her 3-year-old daughter will make their first appearance in court later this week, authorities said Monday.
Sara Krueger and Ryan Scott Warner are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon in a Napa County courtroom, prosecutors said. The couple was arrested Sunday after officers conducted a welfare check Saturday at Krueger's apartment and found the child's lifeless body in her bed, Napa police Lt. Debbie Peecook said.
Witnesses had seen Krueger and Warner leaving the apartment with some luggage a few hours earlier, police said.
On Sunday, someone spotted the couple at a restaurant near a Bay Area Rapid Transit station Sunday in El Cerrito and alerted BART police, Peecook said Monday.
The couple was detained without incident at the El Cerrito station, about 30 miles south of Napa, BART police Lt. Gil Lopez said.
Krueger, 23 and Warner, 26, were questioned and booked on suspicion of murder with special circumstances and assault on a child resulting in death, all felonies, Peecook said. The couple, who has a history of drug use, could face more charges, she added.
It's unknown if the couple has retained an attorney.
The child, whose name has not been officially released, showed signs of having been sexually assaulted and blunt force trauma, investigators said. An autopsy was being conducted Monday, Peecook said.
On Sunday night, more than 50 people participated in a candlelight vigil outside the girl's apartment, where they left flowers and balloons, the Napa Valley Register reported (http://bit.ly/1ejqZQx).
John Krueger, Sara Krueger's father, embraced relatives and friends with tears in his eyes.