Man Charged With Murder of Girlfriend's 2-Year-Old Daughter

A man was charged Thursday with murder in the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter in an attack at their Jefferson Park home that also left the pregnant woman wounded, prosecutors said Thursday.

Lataz Gray was charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted, premeditated murder, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

Gray was arraigned in a downtown Los Angeles courthouse Thursday, where he began to shout at the judge at one point. 

The judge cleared the courtroom for five minutes before letting everyone back in and forcing cameras not to record Gray. He then set the preliminary hearing for May 19. 

Prosecutors say Gray stabbed his 22-year-old girlfriend - 5 months pregnant with their baby - and then her toddler during a domestic dispute at their home in the 3500 block of Arlington Avenue on Monday night.

"This was one of the most vicious incidents I have seen," LAPD Capt. Peter Whittingham said in the hours after the killing.

The woman was taken to the hospital to treat her injuries.

Gray's father said he convinced his son to turn himself in. Gray was arrested Tuesday morning at a hospital, where he was seeking treatment for cuts to his hand.

If convicted as charged, Gray could be sentenced up to life in state prison.

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