LANCASTER, CA. (THECOUNT) — Maurice Taylor Sr has been identified as the suspect arrested Friday in the decapitation of a 12-year-boy and 13-year-old girl at a Lancaster home.

Taylor, 34, was arrested Friday on suspicion of killing the two youngsters at the single-story house, located at, 45300 Century Circle in Lancaster around 7:30 a.m. Friday.


According to reports, firefighters initially responded to reports of a gas leak at the residence. Sheriff’s deputies were then called to the scene where homicide detectives “learned that the deceased male and female both appeared to be suffering from lacerations and stab wounds,” the report said.

One individual at the scene was transported to an area hospital with unknown injuries.

Investigators questioned a man, a woman and two other children who were also at the home.

Taylor is being held on murder charges in lieu of $2 million bail.

Anyone with possible information on the deadly the incident should call the Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.


geo quick facts: Lancaster is a charter city in northern Los Angeles County, in the Antelope Valley of the western Mojave Desert in Southern California. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 156,633, and in 2019 the population was estimated at 157,601, making Lancaster the 33rd largest city in California – Wikipedia.

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