Day Care Teacher Killed During Recess Allegedly by Daughter's Boyfriend

Police say the suspect knew the victim's work routine and used the break as an opportunity to attack

A Long Beach man allegedly stabbed his girlfriend’s mother – the grandmother of his children – at a park Friday while the victim’s day care students were at recess, police said.

Steven Brown, 50, is suspected of fatally stabbing Kelleye Taylor, 53, at Orizaba Park about 1:30 p.m. Friday, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

Taylor was a teacher at a private day care near the park where she was stabbed, said Sgt. Aaron Eaton, with Long Beach Police Department.

Taylor was watching about a dozen day care students on the playground when she was stabbed. She died at a hospital.

"You have what appears to be an innocent victim sitting alone inside of a park with children," Eaton said. "To have somebody come up and commit a crime like this that is so personal -- stabbing in front of all kinds of witnesses -- it just is amazing."

Eaton said the suspect knew Taylor’s work routine and used the day care recess as an opportunity to attack her. Investigators have not yet determined a motive.

Brown – who is dating the victim’s daughter – ran from the park after the alleged attack, but eyewitnesses helped police track him down at a nearby shopping center, Eaton said.

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