A 22-year-old man who allegedly stabbed a two-year-old girl to death and critically wounded the child’s pregnant mother in South Los Angeles Monday night has been arrested, police said during a news conference Tuesday.
Lataz Gray was arrested at an area hospital after deciding to turn himself in on the advice of his father, said Detective David Garrido with the Los Angeles Police Department.
Gray allegedly stabbed 2-year-old Maliaya Tademy multiple times during an argument with his live-in girlfriend, said Capt. Peter Whitingham with the Police Department.
The toddler was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The stabbing in the 3500 block of Arlington Avenue was first reported to police about 9:50 p.m. Monday.
"This was one of the most vicious incidents that I have ... seen and been a part of in my 28 years in this police department," Whitingham said.
The girl’s mother, identified as 22-year-old Ebony Epps, was also stabbed multiple times during the attack, Whitingham said.
Epps, who was taken to the hospital in critical condition Monday night, was still under sedation and unable to talk to investigators Tuesday morning, Garrido said.
She was about 5 months pregnant at the time of the attack, Whitingham said, adding that the fetus did not appear to be injured.
Gray, a known gang member, was not related to the little girl killed in what was described by Whitingham as a vicious case of domestic violence.
Gray has a history of violence, robbery and other offenses and was expected to be booked on suspicion of murder, Whitingham said.
Whitingham commended Gray’s father contacting his son and convincing him to turn himself in.
"Had it not been for him we would still be out looking for the suspect," Whitingham said.
On Tuesday afternoon, the suspect's father was approached by reporters as he stood in front of the home where the attack took place.
"Right now I ain't saying nothing. No," he said in response to questions. "Now please, come back later."
KTLA's John A. Moreno contributed to this report.