Paso Robles man pleads no contest to murder of his daughter

September 25, 2015
Herbert Brown III

Herbert Brown III

A Paso Robles man accused of beating to death his 22-month-old daughter has pleaded no contest to second degree murder.

Herbert David Brown III, 32, assaulted his daughter, Lily Sommer-Brown, at their Santa Ysabel Avenue home, leaving her not breathing with visible head and body injuries, according to the Paso Robles Police Department. Brown called 911 on Feb. 18, 2013 to report that his daughter had stopped breathing.

Emergency personnel transported the girl to Twin Cities Hospital and then to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University where she died of her injuries.

The toddler suffered several injuries, the most serious of which was a fractured skull. The fracture was consistent with striking with great force against a hard object, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office.

Other injuries indicated vigorous shaking over a period of time, a DA’s office press release states.

Brown will be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 27.



  1. 2much says:

    What a week move by the DAs office. How could they agree to 15 years, shouldn’t there be some real accountability here? A child killer, the innocent of the innocent. I may not have voted for Tim Covello, but I should have. I hope everyone remembers this case at the next election.

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  2. LAH says:

    My heart is heavy over the loss of these baby girls, and to those unknown. I agree 15 years seems a ridiculous consequence for such a horrific act.

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  3. willieslo says:

    beating to death his 22-month-old daughter

    Does anyone have any theory why someone would do something like that to their 22 month old toddler?

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  4. TruthFairy says:

    A while back I read about a Jane Doe, an unidentified abused and murdered toddler, found dumped in a lake near Boston. Recently her identity was discovered. Her name was Bella. Her mother The mother had already had two children taken away by CWS.. She blamed Bella’s recent disappearance on CWS. Bella, she said, had been removed. It turns out that mom’s boyfriend had beaten her to death, and perhaps suffocated the small child. He claimed that she had demons. Clearly there were advance warning signs it the home of a need to remove Bella, but she remained in a home with a mom whose sole responsibility is to her children. Clearly Bella was failed, by her mother and by CWS, by family members, friends and neighbors all off whom failed to report their concerns for Bella’s safety. Bella and the toddler child of Herbert Brown, (who just pleased guilty to second degree murder) in the above story, are two tragic examples that demonstrate that had CWS been more proactive, two children would have survived their abusers and been alive today.

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  5. achillesheal says:

    Hopefully there is a special place in hell for you, sir.

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    • achillesheal says:

      15 years for murdering a baby. Very sad the lack of respect our society has for life.

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    • SloTownMan says:

      Everything you said is 100% correct, with the exception of calling him “SIR”.

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