A man allegedly decapitated his two children before showing their bodies to his surviving sons.
Maurice Taylor Jr, 12, and Maliaka Taylor, 13, were found dead on December 4 last year, at their home in Lancaster, in the Mojave Desert northeast of Los Angeles, the US.
Maurice Taylor Sr is alleged to have killed the children by stabbing and then decapitating them on November 29.
He is said to have kept the bodies in the home for days and then showed their bodies to his other sons.
The 34-year-old personal trainer has been charged with murder and child abuse of his younger children, Crime Online reports.
They were forced to stay in their rooms without food for several days, according to prosecutors.
The authorities said that Taylor Sr. was conducting personal training lessons via Zoom, and his clients grew worried about a possible gas leak at his home when he did not show up.
Taylor Sr was arrested shortly after his children’s bodies were discovered and he remains jailed.
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Earlier this week, mum Natalie Brothwell, 44, was arrested and charged with murder and child endangerment.
Further investigation into the grisly killing led to Brothwell's arrest.
She will be held at the Pima County Jail pending extradition to California.
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