A 34-year-old man who remains in custody on suspicion of decapitating his 12-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter is due in a Lancaster courtroom Tuesday, according to county jail records.

Maurice Taylor Sr. was booked at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station on suspicion of murder and held in lieu of $2 million bail, according to Deputy Eric Ortiz of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Information Bureau.

The deaths of the children were reported at 7:50 a.m. Friday in a home in the 45000 block of Century Circle in Lancaster, Ortiz said. The victims were identified by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office as Maurice Taylor Jr., 12, and Malaka Taylor, 13.

Paramedics went to the location on a report of a possible natural gas leak, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. However, sheriff’s Lt. Brandon Dean told reporters at the scene that the pair may have been stabbed to death, and apparently did not die as a result of a natural gas leak.

“Detectives have learned that the deceased male and female both appeared to be suffering from lacerations and stab wounds,” Ortiz said.

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris told the Los Angeles Times that the two were decapitated, but City News Service could not independently confirm that report.

“Based upon what was released from the homicide detectives, that information has not been disclosed,” a Sheriff’s Information Bureau spokesperson told CNS on Saturday. “We cannot release (that) unless the homicide detectives have confirmed it. It’s a sensitive case, obviously.”

A woman — presumably the children’s mother — and two other children at the home were questioned by homicide detectives, the sheriff’s department said.

Taylor was described as a personal trainer who worked at a physical therapy center in Santa Monica, according to the Los Angeles Times. Some of his clients reportedly contacted authorities when they could not reach him for scheduled appointments in the week leading up to the grisly discovery.

Anyone with more information on the case was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

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