Sacto 9-1-1
September 6, 2012
8-year-old Sacramento County boy dies; father in custody on child abuse charges

An 8-year-old boy died Wednesday after he suffered brain damage after his father beat him with a vacuum attachment, according to authorities and court documents.

Eshawn Bonnard died at the UC Davis Medical Center, where he had been since he was admitted Aug. 27, said Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos.

Bonnard Image.jpgThe boy's father, 31-year-old Robert Bonnard (pictured at left), was arrested the next day and remains in custody, charged with two counts of child abuse and two counts of corporal injury on a child, all felonies.

Ramos said authorities are deciding what additional charges Bonnard faces in light of his son's death.

Ramos said Eshawn's injuries were consistent with blunt force trauma and that detectives suspect the injuries were inflicted by his father. He declined to say where the abuse occurred, except that the boy was in his father's custody at the time.

The criminal complaint filed Aug. 29 against the elder Bonnard indicates Eshawn, a third-grader at Dyer-Kelly Elementary School, was abused in two incidents, both with a plastic vacuum attachment. The boy suffered brain damage as a result, and fell into a coma, according to the complaint.

Ramos said hospital employees called deputies Aug. 27 to say they were treating a child with "serious internal injuries" that were inconsistent with having a seizure, which is what paramedics had been told when they were called to the child's home.

"In other words, you don't get those kind of injuries from having a seizure," Ramos said.

Deputies began an investigation and identified the boy's father as a suspect. He was arrested Aug. 28 and prosecutors filed charges the next day.

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from sacbee.com. While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on sacbee.com and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.



About Sacto 9-1-1

Sacto 9-1-1 is a blog on crime and emergency services news in the Sacramento region.

Send feedback on Sacto 9-1-1 to Assistant Metro Editor Anthony Sorci at asorci@sacbee.com

Subscribe to Breaking News Alerts

FOLLOW US | Get more from sacbee.com | Follow us on Twitter | Become a fan on Facebook | Get news in your inbox | View our mobile versions | e-edition: Print edition online | What our bloggers are saying

Sacto 9-1-1 Q&A

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues. QUESTION: A couple of years ago, a Sacramento tax attorney named Roni Deutch was the target of an investigation by the California Department of Justice. She was accused of bilking clients out of millions and defying a court (Read More)

More Questions and Answers
See all the crime Q&As
Submit your question

December 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31        

Monthly Archives


Kim Minugh on Twitter

Follow "Kim_Minugh" on Twitter

Local Agencies on Twitter

Categories