The sheriff’s office announced in the initial press release that the children’s bodies were discovered when Los Angeles County Fire personnel received a gas leak call from the 45000 block of Century Circle in Lancaster on December 4, 2020. Fire personnel reportedly arrived at the scene and found two kids deceased and decapitated. They appeared to be suffering from lacerations and stab wounds.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office identified the victims as 13-year-old Maliaka and Maurice, 12.
Brothwell and the children’s father, Maurice Jewel Taylor Sr., were allegedly present at the Lancaster residence, along with two additional children who were questioned by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide investigators.