|Jeremy Schiro (left) was found hanging at the home of La Habra Heights City Councilman Howard Vipperman last night.|
The stepson of La Habra Heights City Councilman Howard Vipperman
was found hanging at the public official's home last night. Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said the man, identified as 34-year-old Jeremy Schiro
is believed to have committed suicide at the sprawling complex located in La Habra Heights. An autopsy is planned.
Schiro, whose Facebook page lists Fullerton as his hometown, was arrested in Utah in 2010 for physically abusing his daughters, then ages 7 and 5. According to Detective Jody Edwards of the Iron County Sheriff's Office, the case came to his department's attention after the girls' grandmother, a California resident, noticed suspicious bruises on their faces. California officials turned the case over to Utah detectives where the crime was believed to have occurred.
|Courtesy Iron County Sheriff's Office|
|2010 booking photo of Jeremy Schiro, arrested for physically abusing his daughters.|
According to Detective Edwards, who interviewed the girls, Schiro and his wife Ashley
were in the habit of punishing their daughters by covering the youth's mouths and noses with their hands. The couple pled guilty to the offenses.
Responding to a request for comment by Whittier Daily News, Vipperman declined saying the matter was "too personal."
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