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Man in custody for allegedly murdering daughter, son


A 34-year-old man has been charged with the murder of his 12-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter.

Maurice Taylor Sr. was booked at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station on suspicion of murder and held in lieu of $2 million bail, according to Deputy Eric Ortiz of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Information Bureau.

The deaths of the children were reported at 7:50 a.m. Dec. 4 in a home in the 45000 block of Century Circle in Lancaster, Ortiz said.

Paramedics went to the location on a report of a possible natural gas leak, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

However, sheriff’s Lt. Brandon Dean told reporters at the scene that the pair may have been stabbed to death, and apparently did not die as a result of a natural gas leak.

“Detectives have learned that the deceased male and female both appeared to be suffering from lacerations and stab wounds,” Ortiz said.

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris told the Los Angeles Times that the two were decapitated, but City News Service could not independently confirm that report.

“Based upon what was released from the homicide detectives, that information has not been disclosed,” a Sheriff’s Information Bureau spokesperson told CNS.