Sacto 9-1-1
September 20, 2012
Sacramento DA charges father with murder in death of 8-year-old son

Prosecutors have charged a 31-year-old man with murder in the death of his 8-year-old son after he allegedly twice beat the child.

When Robert Bonnard appeared in court Wednesday, the District Attorney's office filed an amended complaint, charging Bonnard with murder and four counts of child abuse.

Bonnard's son, Eshawn Bonnard, died Sept. 5, nine days after he was rushed from his Arden Arcade home to the UC Davis Medical Center with a traumatic brain injury.

Paramedics were told Eshawn had suffered a seizure, but doctors believed that the boy's injuries were inconsistent with such an episode and called authorities.

The day after the boy was admitted to the hospital, as he lay in a coma, Sacramento County sheriff's deputies arrested Bonnard, alleging he was responsible for the child's injuries.

The criminal complaint against Bonnard alleges he once beat the boy with a vacuum attachment, and another time inflicted great bodily injury, causing the brain injury.

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