The daughter of a woman who was severely beaten during an alleged murder-for-hire plot last month was among three people arrested in the attack, Long Beach police announced on Monday.
Authorities detailed the arrests in the brutal Oct. 11 attack at a news conference held Monday morning by the Long Beach Police Department.
Officers who responded to the call believed they were headed to a home invasion incident.
However, further investigation revealed that three people had allegedly plotted to kill the 62-year-old woman in her home, police said.
The victim’s daughter, Holly Ramos, along with her husband, Frank Haverly, and a third suspect, Keith Phillips, were arrested in connection with the beating.
The motive for the attack remained unclear, but the victim had apparently been trying to gain custody of Ramos and Haverly’s two children through foster care, according to police.
The children had been taken from the couple after child endangerment charges and narcotics arrests in Northern California, police said.
Ramos and Haverly allegedly enlisted the help of Phillips, who entered the victim’s home by posing as a county Department of Children and Family Services worker. He allegedly said he wa there to discuss the foster-family placement process, police said.
“The victim, believing him to be an actual DCFS employee, allowed him access to her home,
police Chief Jim McDonnell said. “While in the home, the suspect violently and viciously attacked the victim.”
Once inside the home, Phillips allegedly beat her with a blunt metal object and suffocated her, causing life-threatening injuries.
The victim survived the attack, but was still recovering in the hospital, police said.