Crime scene in Rosarito
Mexican police officers hold a police cordon at the scene where two young American children were found dead, in Rosarito. REUTERS/Stringer

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 U.S. Customs and Border Protection 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.

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 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, 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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