• Kyodo


A 17-year-old teenager arrested on suspicion of killing and beheading his mother in Fukushima Prefecture was sent to prosecutors Wednesday after evidence was found in his apartment suggesting the murder was premeditated, investigators said.

The woman’s dismembered body was found Tuesday on a futon in his apartment in Aizuwakamatsu after the teen showed up at a local police station with the head and said he had killed his mother. A kitchen knife was found near the body.

Although earlier reports said the knife was believed used both to kill the victim and behead her, the youth later told police he purchased a handsaw before the murder, police said.

Other media reports said the right arm was found spray-painted white and stuck in a plant pot in the apartment and that police now believe the youth used the saw to dismember his mother.

An autopsy found evidence the woman struggled before she died, suggesting the teen did not kill her quickly, police said.

At an emergency meeting held Wednesday morning at the boy’s high school, many students appeared shocked, participants said.

The school canceled classes for the week and will offer counseling to parents and students through Friday, school officials said.

The investigation so far has found that the youth spent several hours at an Internet cafe — carrying his mom’s head in a bag — before taking a taxi to the police station Tuesday morning to turn himself in.

The boy told police he beheaded his mother during the night while she slept. Police said the boy has responded calmly to questioning and has not mentioned any grudges against his mother, police said.

A younger brother who attends another high school was also living in the apartment, which was rented for them to live in during the school year. The mother apparently visited them on weekends, sources close to the family said.

A man living near the family home said he could not believe what happened and said the mother was always full of love and affection for her sons, and that the boys appeared quite normal.

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