SAN DIEGO (Border report) – The founder of a children’s surf school in California is accused of stabbing and killing his two young children in Mexico, the Baja California state attorney general said on Tuesday.
Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, is detained in the United States.
Investigators say he traveled to Rosarito, which is about a 30-minute drive south of Tijuana, and checked into a hotel with his young son and young daughter on Saturday.
On Sunday, he reportedly went to a ranch south of Rosarito, where a farm worker on Monday discovered the bodies of two young children.
Investigators said Coleman stabbed and killed the children, a boy and a girl, described as being between 1 and 3 years old. Baja attorney general officers said on Tuesday that the boy was stabbed 17 times, while the girl was stabbed 12 times, and a bloodied wooden stake was found nearby.
The worker said he walked out of his home and was shocked to see blood spattered. He said he started looking around before one of his dogs led him towards the two “little bodies”.
The worker, who wished to remain anonymous, said he approached the bodies and immediately knew they were children, adding that one of them was still wearing diapers.
He said he couldn’t bear to watch and called the authorities.
“To be honest, I cried. And I immediately warned my manager to call the police to come and investigate, ”said the man. “I was afraid and I was sad because they are very small children who do not know better. Hope they find the blame because it is a terrible thing. “
On Monday morning, Coleman approached the San Ysidro port of entry in a Mercedes. A name check determined authorities were looking for him and he was arrested. Authorities said his wife reported Coleman and the children missing.
Investigators said Coleman ran the Lovewater Surf Co., a surf school based in Santa Barbara, California, where he was born.
According to the surf school’s website, Coleman earned a master’s degree in Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He completed his undergraduate studies at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, where he was part of the surf team.
Mexican and American authorities are working to return the bodies to California.