(FOX/ CNS) A man who stabbed to death the 53-year-old
grandmother of his children in a Long Beach park as she helped supervise
students from a nearby elementary school where she was a teacher was behind
Steven Brown, 50, of Long Beach was arrested at the intersection of
Anaheim Street and Redondo Avenue, a few blocks from the private Huntington
Academy, shortly after the stabbing, which happened around 1:30 p.m. Friday in
Orizaba Park, said Long Beach Police Department Sgt. Aaron Eaton.
The victim, Kelleye Taylor of Long Beach, was stabbed in the upper body
and died at a hospital, Eaton said.
A weapon was recovered between the park, which is at the intersection of
Spaulding Street and Orizaba Avenue, and where Brown was taken into custody,
Eaton said, without specifying what kind of weapon it was.
Investigators learned Brown allegedly walked up behind Taylor and
stabbed her before fleeing, Eaton said.
The woman was stabbed in the neck, her sister, Pamela Huffman, told the
Some of the children ran to the school and reported the stabbing to Huffman, whose family owns and operates the academy, the Press-Telegram reported.
"How could they do something like this in front of these babies,"
Huffman told the newspaper. "All I could do was run to her. I saw her slip
away. I knew she wasn't going to make it."
When the attack happened, other teachers took students back to the
school while one remained to provide first aid to Taylor, Eaton said.
The motive for the killing was under investigation. "There are some reports that there were some custody issues with (Brown's) children but I can't confirm that," Eaton said, adding that he did not know how many children Brown and the victim's daughter had together.
Counselors will be at the school Monday to help students and staff,
Huffman told the Press-Telegram.
Brown, meanwhile, was being held at the Long Beach city jail in lieu of
$1 million bail, according sheriff's online booking records.
The family is seeking assistance with the funeral for Taylor. Donations can be made to the Kelly Bryant Foundation.