Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Updated at 2:15 p.m., Jan. 24, 2015

A 30-year-old father was arrested Saturday, hours after his three-week-old baby girl was found dead just over a half mile from their Santa Clarita home.

Matthew Warner, 30, of Newhall, was arrested late in the morning for suspicion of murder, according to sheriff’s deputies.

The infant’s body was found in the front cab of a Nissan pickup truck in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 23600 block of Newhall Avenue. She had been reported “missing” when the father and mother walked in to the sheriff’s station in Santa Clarita at about 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Today at 7:30 a.m., a search that included police dogs and helicopters ended when homicide detectives were sent to the older-model Nissan truck in the parking lot, where the three-week-old female was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

The Los Angeles Times reported on its web site that the infant’s grandmother had called the Sheriff’s Department about 7 p.m. Friday to complain about Warner, whom she wanted out of the home.

Reporters were told that the parents walked into the sheriff’s station in Santa Clarita to report the missing child, at about 9:30 p.m.

An extensive ground and air search around the home began early this morning, and deputies had gone into the family’s home.

—City News Service

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