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California dad arrested after stabbed kids to death with wooden stake

California dad, 40, who runs a surfing school in Santa Barbara is arrested at US-Mexico border after ‘stabbing his children, aged three and 10 months, to death with a wooden stake’ in Mexico

  • Matthew Taylor Coleman of Santa Barbara is accused of stabbing his children to death on a ranch in Mexico
  • He was arrested heading back into the US at the San Ysidro Point of Entry in California 
  • His son Kaleo, three, and daughter Roxy, 10 months, were found bloodied in a brush by a farmworker 
  • The girl had been stabbed 12 times, and the boy was stabbed 17 times with a wooden stake said Baja California’s attorney general 
  • The surf instructor frequently posted about his Christian faith online with pictures of his smiling wife and children
  • Coleman co-founded the surfing school Lovewater Surf Co in Santa Barbara, California with his wife

A California surfing school owner and father of two has been arrested for stabbing his two young children to death with a wooden stake in Mexico.

Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, of Santa Barbara, was detained on Monday by US Customs and Border Protection agents crossing the US-Mexico border after the toddlers’ bodies were found on a farm on Monday morning.  

Coleman had traveled with his son Kaleo, three, and daughter Roxy, 10 months, to Rosarito, Mexico, a coastal town about 60 miles south of San Diego, and checked into a City Express hotel room on Saturday, according to local news reports.

The children’s mother Abby Coleman reported her husband and children missing on Sunday, after they had been gone for more than 24 hours, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. 

She said she was concerned for their well-being, according to police. 

Matthew Taylor Coleman (pictured left with wife Abby, three-year-old son Kaleo and 10-month-old daughter Roxy), 40, of Santa Barbara, was detained by US Customs and Border Protection agents while crossing the US-Mexico border after his two young children were found bloodied in some brush on Monday morning

Video footage showed Coleman (left), Kaleo (right) and Roxy (not seen in the picture) leaving the City Express Hotel in Rosarito before dawn on Monday. Coleman returned alone later that morning and then left the hotel for good in a Mercedes-Benz vehicle, authorities said

Investigators in Mexico believe that Coleman took his children to a ranch near to his hotel on Monday morning and CCTV footage shows him returning later on Monday without them, said Hiram Sanchez Zamora with the Baja California AG’s office. 

Zamora said that a farmhand discovered the bodies on the ground when he saw splattered blood on the ground while walking the property. 

The boy had been stabbed 17 times, and the girl was stabbed 12 times, Sanchez Zamora said. 

Coleman is expected to be extradited to Mexico to face murder charges and the bodies of the dead are expected to be transported back to the US soon.

Coleman could be extradited to Mexico to face charges of aggravated murder for slaying his son Kaleo (left), three, and daughter Roxy (right), 10 months

The children’s mother Abby Coleman (pictured) reported her husband, son and daughter missing on Sunday after they had been gone for 24 hours. She said she was concerned for their well-being, according to police

It is not known why the surf instructor could have murdered his children and his wife has not spoken to local media to give any indication about his state of mind. 

Pictures posted to his social media show images of a loving family and he was posting videos online of his surf tutorials up until three weeks ago.

Prior to the deaths, Coleman posted frequently about his wife, children and Christian faith online.

In a November 2020 Facebook post he wondered whether ‘there is a type of Great American Renaissance following the years of Covid, censorship, and political divisiveness… that will empower each person’s heart to come alive and explode with innovative ideas, new business models, new music sounds and never seen ways to build an amazing community?’

And in October Coleman celebrated the birth of his youngest child, Roxy Rain, with his wife Abby Coleman in a gushing Instagram post. 

The caption read: ‘While waiting for her to come, I kept feeling this sense that she was going to be born at a very pivotal time in history and that she would represent a dawn, or even awakening, to years of great blessing for our family and nation.

‘Another picture that came to me was of God reaching down into a river bed and picking up a small stone (rock), examining it intently. Just as David had done before slaying Goliath, God examined the stone and was confident that it was just the perfect one for the battle. Although it was small, smooth and somewhat harmless looking, he knew that it would become great when placed into the palm of a skilled hand. 

‘My declaration over Roxy Rain is that she has been hand picked by God to slay the giants in the land.’ 

The farmworker who found the dead children said one of them was in diapers, according to Border Report.  

Coleman and his two children were staying at the City Express Hotel (pictured) in Rosarito, Mexico

Baja California prosecutor Hiram Sanchez Zamora gave a press conference on Tuesday about Coleman’s arrest. The FBI, US Customs and Border Protection, the Santa Barbara Police Department and the Mexican authorities are working to return the children’s bodies to California

The worker, who wished to remain anonymous, told Border Report: ‘To be honest I teared up. And I immediately notified my manager to call the police to come investigate. 

‘I was scared and sad because these are tiny children who don’t know any better. Hopefully they find whoever is responsible because this is a terrible thing.’ 

Coleman was heading back into the US on Monday when he was stopped at the at the San Ysidro Point of Entry in California after officials released an alert searching for him. He was immediately taken into custody. 

Coleman co-founded the surfing school Lovewater Surf Co in Santa Barbara, California – where he was born – with his wife. The site is still live with pictures of Coleman and his smiling family

US Customs and Border Protection did not respond to The San Diego Union-Tribune’s request for further information about the arrest. 

It wasn’t clear whether he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Coleman had not been formally charged as of Tuesday evening but if found guilty, he could face up to 120 years in prison, as reported by El Debate. 

The FBI, US Customs and Border Protection, the Santa Barbara Police Department and the Mexican authorities are working to return the children’s bodies to California. 

Coleman was heading back into the US on Monday when he was stopped at the at the San Ysidro Point of Entry in California after officials released an alert searching for him. He was immediately taken into custody and had not been formally charged as of Tuesday evening. If found guilty, he could face up to 120 years in prison

Coleman co-founded the surfing school Lovewater Surf Co in Santa Barbara, California – where he was born – with his wife. 

According to the surf school’s website, ‘Matt and Abby enjoy finding ways to better lives through surfing, experiential education and community-based projects’. 

The site is still live with pictures of Coleman and his smiling family.  

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