SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities in Northern California said Tuesday that a woman and her boyfriend charged with killing her 3-year-old daughter stored the girl's body in a suitcase and inside a freezer.
Sara Krueger and her boyfriend, Ryan Scott Warner both of Napa, put little Kayleigh Slusher's body in a suitcase and then placed her body in a freezer, Napa police Capt. Jeff Troendly said.
"Investigators learned through interviews with the suspects that the girl's body was kept in a suitcase at one point and then a freezer," Troendly said. "We believe that they are responsible for the death of Kayleigh Slusher."
Krueger, 23 and Warner, 26, were charged with murder and assault on a child resulting in death, Napa County District Attorney Gary Lieberstein announced Tuesday.
Neither Krueger nor Warner entered a plea as a judge appointed them lawyers during their initial appearance in court Tuesday. The couple is accused of killing Kayleigh on Jan. 30, the day after Napa police officers visited their apartment to check on the girl, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday.
Krueger and Warner are each being held in jail without bail. They are due back in court on Feb. 25.
Each could spend up to 25 years to life in prison, if convicted.
Police found Kayleigh's lifeless body in her bed while conducting a welfare check at Krueger's apartment in Napa on Saturday. Witnesses had seen Krueger and Warner leaving the apartment with luggage a few hours earlier, Napa Police Lt. Debbie Peecook said.
On Sunday, the couple was arrested at the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit station in El Cerrito after they were spotted at a nearby restaurant, Peecook said.