8-year-old California girl stabbed to death

April 29, 2013
Leila Fowler

Leila Fowler

An attacker stabbed an 8-year-old girl to death inside her home in the Sierra Nevada foothills Saturday. [USA Today]

Leila Fowler, of Valley Springs, California, died in a local hospital after her 12-year-old brother found her stabbed inside their Calaveras County home.

Fowler’s brother spotted the attacker inside their house, but the intruder fled and is still at large.

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with surrounding sheriffs and police departments, as well as the California Highway Patrol, to conduct a manhunt for the killer. Deputies have already conducted house-to-house searches, including sheds and attics, for the suspect described as a 6-foot, muscular, white or Latino male, with long, graying hair.

A SWAT team is also going door-to-door in the Valley Springs area and telling residents to stay inside.

“It was nerve-wracking,” 35-year-old Roger Ballew said after the SWAT team showed up at his house Saturday night. “I didn’t sleep well.”

Investigators interviewed several people Sunday, but did not name any suspects.

Valley Springs is an unincorporated area of about 2,500 people approximately 60 miles southeast of Sacramento.

“It’s a difficult area to search, it’s rural, remote,” Calaveras County Sheriff’s Capt. Jim Macedo said.




  1. Moderator says:

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  2. danika says:

    Seems to me staying inside isn’t the best direction considering this poor child was inside when murdered.

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  3. r0y says:

    I agree with Cindy. I think we’re just seeing anything violent (especially involving guns) and children given a priority in the news templates these days. Hearing tragedies such as this are difficult, but they’ve been with us for thousands of years.

    I cannot conceive how anyone could look a child in the face and kill them. I’ll go out on a limb here and guess that mental illness may be a big part of this perp’s many problems.

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    • Cindy says:

      Yes I have to agree that this guy must have been mentally ill. A full blown paranoid schizophrenic who thought this little girl was God only knows what.

      Gun’s aren’t half the problem in this society that mental illness is. Find a cure for mental illness and a cell for all gang members and our problems concerning violence will be 99.5% solved.

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