A young brother, 12, and his sister, 13, have been found dead after being “brutally beheaded” while the father was arrested.
The children were discovered by the Los Angeles Fire Department at a property in Century Circle, Lancaster, California, after reports of a gas leak.
Once inside, rescuers discovered the body of a boy and girl with “cuts and stab wounds.”
Lancaster mayor, R .. Rex Parris, described the deaths as “cruel” and said both victims had been decapitated, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Since then, detectives have arrested the children’s father, Maurice Taylor Sr, a personal trainer, and he is being held in lieu of $ 2 million bail.
The children’s mother was also in the house when firefighters arrived and she was taken in for questioning but has not been arrested.
Lieutenant Brandon Dean said it is not clear how long the children had been dead, but said their deaths did not appear to be related to a gas leak.
Two other children were found unharmed in the home but were taken to hospital as a precaution and are now being cared for by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
Attorney Howard Kern said Taylor called the Los Angeles County Fire Department at 7:44 a.m. on Friday because he was concerned about a gas leak at his property.
He recalled, “Taylor said I’m worried. We are concerned about a possible gas leak.
“There are four children and two adults – and we are concerned about their safety.”
About Taylor, Kern said, “Think about the nicest person you know, then multiply that by five.
“He has worked so hard to provide for his maintenance. Unfortunately, we don’t know enough to say what has or hasn’t happened.”
Mr Parris said the cause of death of the children is under investigation, but there is a possibility that the school will close and that the impact of the pandemic on life is creating a tense environment.
He told the LA Times, “The social fabric of the country and the world has been torn apart, and we are starting to see the aftermath.
“What I see is that more and more people are feeling desperate, and that can only have one result.”