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How Could This Happen? Santa Barbara Man Charged with Murdering His Two Young Children in Baja California

Posted by Fay Arfa | Aug 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

The feds charged Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, with foreign murder of United States Nationals for taking his 2-year-old boy and 10-month-old girl to Mexico and killing them. on Monday. A federal criminal complaint filed today charges Coleman with foreign murder of United States nationals. On Saturday when Coleman's wife contacted the Santa Barbara Police to report that her husband had left the couple's residence in a Sprinter van and she did not know where they had gone. The next day, Coleman's wife filed a missing persons report. Using a computer application, Coleman's wife determined that Coleman's phone had been in Rosarito on Sunday afternoon. 

          The same phone-locating service was used on Monday and showed that Coleman's phone was near the San Ysidro Port of Entry at the U.S.-Mexico border. The FBI sent  colleagues in San Diego to contact Coleman, who entered the United States in the Sprinter van without the children. When the children were not found, FBI agents contacted law enforcement officials in Rosarito and learned that Mexican authorities that morning had recovered the bodies of two children matching the description of Coleman's children.

          After further investigation, FBI agents arrested Coleman.

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