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U.S. man held on suspicion of murdering his two children in Mexico

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Hiram Sanchez Zamora, chief prosecutor for central Baja California, addresses the media to announce that an American man suspected of murdering his two young children in Mexico has been arrested by U.S. border agents as he attempted to return to the U.S., in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico August 10, 2021. REUTERS/Jorge Duenes

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MEXICO CITY, Aug 10 (Reuters) - An American man suspected of murdering his two young children in Mexico has been arrested by U.S. border agents as he attempted to return to the United States, prosecutors in the Mexican border state of Baja California said on Tuesday.

Hiram Sanchez Zamora, chief prosecutor for central Baja California, said Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials on Monday detained the suspect, named as Matthew Taylor, as he attempted to enter San Diego via Tijuana in his vehicle.

CCTV footage from a hotel in the northern coastal town of Rosarito showed Taylor arriving there on Saturday with a 1-year-old boy and 3-year-old girl, and departing with them in the early hours of Monday morning, Sanchez told a news conference.

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Later video footage showed him returning to the hotel without the children, and then leaving the hotel.

On Monday, police found the bodies of the children, who had suffered multiple stab wounds, in the undergrowth near the entry to a ranch about 29 kilometers (18 miles) from the hotel, Sanchez said.

The prosecutor said CBP agents apprehended Taylor, who was believed to be around age 40 and from Santa Barbara, California, after learning that the children's mother had reported them missing.

The CPB in San Diego could not be reached immediately for comment outside normal business hours.

Reuters was unable to immediately reach Taylor or a legal representative for him for comment.

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Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz; Editing by Leslie Adler

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