Matthew Taylor Coleman was arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday after reportedly killing his two children while away in Mexico. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detained the 40-year-old father of two after he crossed the border into the United States. The California dad arrested at the border is accused of stabbing both of his children with a wooden stake.
The bodies of 3-year-old Kaleo and 10-month-old Roxy were discovered at a farm in Mexico. The family has traveled to the coastal town of Rosarito just 60 miles south of San Diego. Coleman checked him and his two kids into a City Express hotel room on Saturday. His wife, Abby Coleman, reported the three missing on Sunday.
Matthew Taylor Coleman and his two children had vanished from their home for 24 hours, according to Abby, who said she was concerned for their well-being. Investigators believe that after they checked into the hotel, Coleman took his children to a nearby farm. CCTV footage documented the father returning to the hotel without his children.
Authorities reported that a farmhand discovered the bodies of the two young children. He claimed he spotted a trail of blood on the ground while walking around the property. “To be honest, I teared up,” the farmhand said.
He continued, explaining that “I immediately notified my manager to call the police to come to 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.”
Hiram Sanchez Zamora from the Baja California AG’s office held a news briefing Wednesday. He claimed the boy was stabbed 17 times and the girl was stabbed 12 times. It is believed that Matthew Taylor Coleman is responsible for the horrific murders. He is expected to be extradited to Mexico to face murder charges, Zamora said.
The bodies of Kaleo and Roxy will be transported back to the United States, officials said. Police have not determined why the California dad killed his two children. Authorities are still investigating what happened to spark Coleman’s behavior. Abby Coleman has not commented publicly on the matter. It’s not clear whether Coleman’s wife knows why he resulted to stabbing his kids.
The FBI’s Los Angeles field office is working with the Santa Barbara police in the current investigation. In a statement, the FBI confirmed that “a joint investigation is underway among the Santa Barbara Police Department, the FBI in Los Angeles and San Diego, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Mexican authorities.”
Matthew Taylor Coleman is the owner and founder of the Lovewater Surf School in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was a competitive surfer at Point Loma University in San Diego before getting his master’s degree in Spanish at UC Santa Barbara. He then taught high school for four years before quitting his job to found the Lovewater Surf School. Coleman and his wife both ran the school, according to the school’s website.
Matthew Taylor Coleman presented himself as an all-American dad on social media. He posted many pictures with his wife and kids, captioning the photos with adorable phrases.
“My treasures!” Coleman wrote in an Instagram post just 13 weeks ago. Ten weeks prior, he photo of his family at the beach. “Thanking God for these 3 this morning,” the man wrote.
Prior to the killings, Matthew Taylor Coleman was an outspoken family man and Christian. In a Facebook post from November 2020, Coleman said 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?”
His philosophical and political thoughts were staples of his social media profiles. In October, Coleman celebrated his daughter’s birth with a deep thought. “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,” he wrote.
Coleman continued, saying that “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… My declaration over Roxy Rain is that she has been handpicked by God to slay the giants in the land.”
Matthew Taylor Coleman also spoke about his son, Kaleo, who he said, “has this special gift in being able to recognize the glory all around him, and then bringing other people into it.” He said that “when I’m with him, things that I’ve experienced a thousand times start to feel new and awe-inspiring.”
Coleman added that “you could say I enjoy being a dad.”