LANCASTER, Calif. – An Arizona woman accused of killing her two children, who were beheaded in their Southern California home last year, has been arrested at her home in Tucson, authorities said Wednesday.
Natalie Brothwell, 44, was detained Tuesday and was being held at Pima County Jail awaiting extradition to California, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
Brothwell was convicted Monday of murder and of putting a child at risk, the department said.
His 13-year-old daughter, Malaka Taylor, and 12-year-old son, Maurice Taylor Jr., were found beheaded on December 4 at their home in Lancaster, Mojave Desert northeast of Los Angeles.
The children’s father, 35-year-old Maurice Taylor Sr., had been convicted in his death and still in custody, authorities said.
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Maurice Taylor is said to have killed the children on November 29, kept the corpses in the house for days and then showed their bodies to his two other sons.
Taylor was charged with child abuse for the remaining sons, aged eight and nine at the time. The children were also forced to stay in their homes without food for several days, prosecutors competed.
It is alleged that Brothwell’s role in the assassination was unclear from a statement from the Sheriff’s Department.
It was also unclear whether Brothwell or Taylor had lawyers to represent him.