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Man Accused of Killing Toddler, Stabbing Her Pregnant Mother in South L.A. Is Charged

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Lataz Gray, 22, is seen in an image provided by the Los Angeles Police Department on May 3, 2016.

Lataz Gray, 22, is seen in an image provided by the Los Angeles Police Department on May 3, 2016.

A pregnant woman’s boyfriend was charged Thursday with fatally stabbing her 2-year-old daughter during a domestic dispute in South Los Angeles this week, prosecutors said.

Lataz Gray, 22, faces one count of murder in the death of Maliaya Tademy, with a special allegation that he used a knife, and two counts of attempted premeditated murder for allegedly stabbing his live-in girlfriend and unborn child, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Prosecutors requested that his bail be set at $4.5 million.

Gray’s father notified investigators about his son, who had gone to the hospital for treatment of cuts to his hands, said Det. David Garrido of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Criminal Gang Homicide Division.

Detectives said the stabbing occurred shortly before 10 p.m. Monday at the couple’s home in the 3500 block of Arlington Avenue. Gray and his 22-year-old girlfriend had been dating for about six months and moved into the home about a month ago, police said. Gray was not Maliaya’s father, detectives said.

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