13-year-old boy hacks his mother to death with a cleaver because she killed his pet dog
The owner of a business close to the family's home told a local newspaper that the mother had been pretty strict with her son
A 13-year-old boy was detained in China for hacking his mother to death after she killed his beloved dog. The teen was identified as Shao Fuming of Jianhu county in the coastal province of Jiangsu. Reports said he hacked his 37-year-old mother, identified as Yang Yan, to death with a cleaver on March 16 night at their home after an argument over the dog.
Authorities detained the teen on March 18 after the mother's body was found in the family home.
According to the Daily Mail, the owner of a business close to the family's home told a local newspaper that the mother had been pretty strict with her son.
The owner reportedly said: "The boy loved playing with his pet all day long, so the angry mother threw it to its death in front of him." He added the woman owned a clothing store in a mall nearby, the South China Morning Post reported.
Local newspapers reported that when a heated argument broke out between the woman and her son, the teen picked up a cleaver and hacked her to death.
Reports said the teen's father is a migrant worker and was away from home for most of the year. The teen was found by the authorities at a 24-hour restaurant on March 18 morning after he spent more than a day there.
The police report added that according to the restaurant staff, he ordered water and ate biscuits that he had taken with him. He also had his school bag with him. The Jianhu Police said in a statement on March 19: "Shao was dissatisfied with Yang's disciplining methods and there was a fierce conflict between the two parties, causing Yang's death."
The case is still under investigation.
Children under the age of 14 cannot be held criminally responsible, according to Chinese law. Those who are between 14 and 16-years-old can be arrested and charged for offenses like murder, robbery, and rape. Juvenile correctional facilities in the country also accept only teens between the ages of 14 and 18.
Last week, around 30 Chinese lawmakers submitted a proposal to the National People's Congress in order to lower the age of criminal responsibility to 12-years-old. Experts have also since urged that the government find better solutions in order to rehabilitate juvenile delinquents.
Specialist in juvenile delinquency at the China University of Political Science and Law, Pi Yijun, said that there were few institutional provisions available for such rehabilitation. Daily Mail reported him as saying "That's why in a large number of cases, the police have no alternative but to return these underage children to society."