Officials say two were found beheaded at Lancaster’s home


A personal trainer classified as “soft” and “trustworthy” was arrested on Friday in connection with the deaths of two adolescent children who were beheaded in a family home in Lancaster, authorities said.

Los Angeles sheriff’s investigating crime said Maurice Taylor, 34, is in custody instead of a $ 2 million bond.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department was called home to the Century Circle 45000 block in Lancaster before 8 a.m. Friday morning, 8 p.m.

When firefighters entered, the bodies were discovered, and the sheriff’s ministry described in a statement that the couple “have split and stabbed wounds”.

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris confirmed that both victims had been beheaded.

“It was pretty brutal,” he said.

Sheriff officials identified the two children as 12-year-old boys and 13-year-old girls.

The Los Angeles County Children and Family Service did not disclose whether he had a prior relationship with the family. “We mourn this tragic loss with the community,” the agency said in a statement. Taylor, an adult woman, and two other children were interrogated inside the home by homicide detectives.

One of Taylor’s clients told The Times that he was a personal trainer who worked remotely because of the pandemic. The client, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Taylor was “so trustworthy, so sensitive,” and described his behavior as “soft”.

“The social fabric of the country and the world has been shredded and we are beginning to see the aftermath.”

R. Rex Parris, Mayor of Lancaster

The client said he knew something was wrong earlier this week when Taylor didn’t send a Zoom link to a scheduled session and then didn’t show up at the appointed time. The girl was unavailable, she said, and she and other clients sent each other a message, thinking that something was wrong.

– I knew they weren’t out of town. They didn’t have the money to travel, ”he said.

The client said he called the sheriff’s department on Tuesday and said they had also contacted the asset management company that operated Taylor’s residence.

“We were afraid of carbon monoxide poisoning or they all died from falling asleep,” he said.

Parris said he continued to gather information about the incident, but he said the closure of the economy, schools and public spaces, and the cramped living space of homes amid the pandemic, seemed to create a stressful environment.

“The social fabric of the country and the world has been shredded and we are starting to see the aftermath,” Parris said. “From what I see, more and more people are feeling their despair, and that can only be one result.”

The scene is near a Lancaster home where two young people are reportedly beheaded.

The scene is near a house in Lancaster where two young people are reportedly beheaded.

(Matthew Ormseth / Los Angeles Times)

A property owner in the area since 2009 said he began noticing the home about two years ago where the two bodies were found. The property owner, who wanted to remain anonymous for fear of being involved in the case, said when he visited his property, the house “just looked weird”.

Other neighbors sometimes spend time outside or greet each other. This family listened eerily, he said.

“I remember that house seemed weird, I’ve been there anytime,” he said, “I’ve never seen anyone come out of that house. The windows almost seemed dark.”

The property owner said he knew about a couple and two small children who lived there but never saw them. He was surprised to learn that two other children might have lived there.

The property owner was angry when he learned of the mayor’s remarks.

“Okay, because of COVID-19 and the closure of schools, are people beheading each other now? It is extremely irresponsible for a mayor to make such accusations. “