Paso Robles man pleads no contest to murder of his daughter
September 25, 2015
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.