Crime & Justice

Dad convicted of hurling child off cliff faces life term


She would be a young woman now, but instead Lauren Sarene Key is forever the 4-year-old girl who never returned from a visit to the shore with her father.

Nearly 15 years after the girl plunged to her death from a 120-foot seaside cliff, her father faces a sentence Friday of life in prison without parole for her murder.

Jurors found Cameron Brown, 53, a former airline baggage handler, guilty of hurling the girl from Inspiration Point in Rancho Palos Verdes in November 2000 amid a bitter custody dispute with her mother.

The first-degree murder conviction in May came about dozen years after Brown was arrested and followed two previous trials when jurors decided the death was a crime, but couldn't agree whether it was murder or manslaughter.