Fowler family's troubles detailed in court documents

The Record (Stockton)May 17, 2013 

Sister Stabbed

Barney Fowler, the father of murder victim Leila Fowler, leaves the Calaveras County Courthouse after the arraignment of his 12-year-old son for the murder of Leila, in San Andreas, Calif., Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Leila Fowler, 8, was stabbed to death in her Valley Springs home, last month. The defendant was charged with second-degree murder and a special allegation for use of a dangerous weapon for the death of Leila Fowler. No plea was entered. (AP Photo/ Rich Pedroncelli)


— Even before April 27, when 8-year-old Leila Fowler was fatally stabbed in her home near Valley Springs, the Fowler family had troubles.

Leila's 12-year-old brother has been charged with murder in her death.

Although the adults in the Fowler family have said little publicly, court records show it was a household that struggled financially and combined five children born to at least three different mothers.

"I juggle month-to-month to get by," Barney Fowler, 37, the head of the household and father of the five children living there wrote in an April 19 document in which he asked ex-wife Shirley Fowler to pay child support for their 14-year-old daughter, Alexis.

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