Matthew Coleman Indicted for Killing his Two Children

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Matthew Taylor Coleman posted this family photo on his Instagram page four months ago to call his wife, Abby, and their children, Kaleo and Roxy, “My treasures!” (Photo: Instagram)
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Source: US Department of Justice

Matthew Taylor Coleman of Santa Barbara was indicted by a federal grand jury today for taking his two young children to Rosarito, Mexico and killing them.

Coleman, 40, allegedly killed the 2-year-old boy and 10-month-old girl on August 9, 2021. The indictment filed today charges Coleman with two counts of foreign first-degree murder of United States nationals. By law, the charges are eligible for the death penalty. The Attorney General will decide whether to seek the death penalty at a later date.

“There are no words to describe the profound grief that envelops an entire community when a child is murdered,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman. “The Department of Justice is determined to achieve justice for these victims and their loved ones.”

“The murder of a child is difficult to understand under any circumstances,” said Kristi K. Johnson, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. “I’m proud of the quick investigative efforts by FBI Agents, the Santa Barbara Police Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and our Mexican counterparts which led to the arrest of Mr. Coleman as he entered the United States, and I look forward to delivering justice for the young victims and their family.” 

Coleman previously was charged with the same crimes in a federal complaint filed in Los Angeles. Prosecutors intend to dismiss that complaint. Coleman is expected to make his initial court appearance on the indictment tomorrow in United States District Court in downtown Los Angeles. He will appear in United States District Court in San Diego, where the case will be prosecuted, at a date to be determined.

An affidavit in support of the criminal complaint outlined the investigation that started 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 was able to determine that Coleman’s phone had been in Rosarito on Sunday afternoon, the affidavit states.

According to the affidavit, 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, according to the affidavit. The FBI dispatched 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 took Coleman into custody at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

The FBI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Santa Barbara Police Department are investigating this matter. The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office provided substantial assistance throughout the investigation.

The Department of Justice gratefully acknowledges the Government of Mexico, to include the Fiscalía General del Estado de Baja California, and the Secretaría de Seguridad Pública Municipal de Rosarito, for their extraordinary efforts, support, and cooperation during the investigation.

After reviewing the case, the United States determined that the most appropriate venue was in the Southern District of California. Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Ko of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California and Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kevin Butler, Joanna Curtis, and Billy Joe McLain of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California are prosecuting this case.

 

DEFENDANT                                               CASE NUMBER 21CR2627

Matthew Taylor Coleman                               Age: 40                       Santa Barbara, California

SUMMARY OF CHARGES

Title 18, United States Code, Section 1119 – Foreign First-Degree Murder of U.S. Nationals

Maximum Penalty – Death or life and a fine of up to $250,000

AGENCIES

The Federal Bureau of Investigation

United States Customs and Border Protection

Santa Barbara Police Department

*The charges and allegations contained in an indictment or complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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a-1631382191 Sep 11, 2021 10:43 AM
Matthew Coleman Indicted for Killing his Two Children

How is it the "find my iPhone" feature was not accessed by the children's mother until almost two days after they were missing and only at the suggestion of SBPD?? Some people I know will access it if someone is 10 minutes late getting home! So many missing links in this story, as with so many horrid brutal crimes...... it will take a long time to unravel the origins of his motivation

sacjon Sep 09, 2021 02:33 PM
Matthew Coleman Indicted for Killing his Two Children

This is the danger of Qanon and other conspiracies. They prey on the weak minded and distressed. They fill their heads with lies and nonsense with the anticipation that they are "truth seekers" or some such garbage. They all "know" so much and pride themselves on their "secret knowledge." Then you get some already, obviously, weak-minded trash like this guy and they take it too seriously. Disgusting and deadly. People need to take Q more seriously. I've seen it destroy friendships and families, not to this extent, but it IS a cult and the people who follow it are arming themselves in preparation for something. Get help if you know someone in too deep... before it's too late.

sacjon Sep 10, 2021 10:49 AM
Matthew Coleman Indicted for Killing his Two Children

Would be super interesting to see which 3 people downvoted my condemnation of Qanon and it's affect on people like this murdering monster. Do you all 3 just auto downvote everything that says "Sacjon" or do you defend this guys' actions or Qanon as a whole? Speak up, we'd love to hear your thoughts!

Chevy67 Sep 10, 2021 10:09 AM
Matthew Coleman Indicted for Killing his Two Children

@Cwaz - here's the grip. "Coleman explained to authorities that he was "enlightened by QAnon and Illuminati conspiracy theories and was receiving visions and signs revealing that his wife... possessed serpent DNA and had passed it onto his children." He believed he was saving the world from monsters, the affidavit states."

Source: The link in the article above [https://www.edhat.com/news/santa-barbara-man-charged-with-killing-his-children-in-mexico]

a-1631203274 Sep 09, 2021 09:01 AM
Matthew Coleman Indicted for Killing his Two Children

That's how our justice system works. Because false confessions exist (obviously not in this case), we must presume innocence for this reason (among others.) Don't read too much into it.

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