Dad is arrested after cops found his daughter, and son, decapitated when responding to reports of a gas leak

A personal trainer dad, 34, has been arrested for allegedly decapitating his daughter, 13, and son, 12, after cops made the grim discovery when the man’s clients grew concerned and reported a possible gas leak at his home.

Maurice Taylor Sr. was arrested Friday on suspicion of the murder of his two teenage children whose bodies were found inside the family home on the 45000 block of Century Circle, Lancaster, earlier that morning, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

An adult female – thought to be the victims’ mother – and two other children were also present in the home at the time. They appeared to be unharmed and were being questioned by officers.

It is not clear when the victims died but Taylor’s personal training clients, who described him as ‘mellow’ and ‘reliable’, told the

LA Times

they grew concerned earlier in the week and contacted authorities as far back as Tuesday when he failed to show up for fitness sessions he had been running over Zoom. 

One client told the Times he then reported a possible gas leak at the home Friday morning leading the fire department to enter the home and find the bodies of Taylor’s children.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department was called to the single-storey home in the 45000 block of Century Circle at around 7:50 a.m. Friday to reports of a possible gas leak.

Fire crews entered the home and found the bodies of the two children in separate bedrooms with lacerations and stab wounds. 

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said both victims had been decapitated and described the scene as ‘brutal’. 

The children have not been named by police but are described as a 12-year-old black male and a 13-year-old black female.

LA County Sheriff’s deputies responded out to the location and saw that there were two individuals inside, both very young, possibly in their teenage years, deceased,’ Lt. Dean told reporters at the scene Friday morning. 

‘One appears to be a male, one appears to be a female, possibly suffering from some type of a sharp trauma, either stabbing or slicing device.’ 

Dean said there was no sign of a gas leak at the property.  

‘It doesn’t seem to be that the cause of death from the two people inside have anything to do with a gas leak,’ he said.

Deputies questioned the four other people inside the home at the time, including Taylor, an adult female and two children.  

LA County Sheriff’s Department told Saturday morning the relationship of the three other individuals inside the home to the two victims is not yet known.

However the LA Times reported that the children’s mom was present at the home and had been questioned but not arrested by officers.