By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The suspect, who is 33 and surnamed Wang, randomly attacked a toddler from behind with a Chinese chopper sometime after 11 AM when the victim, surnamed Liu, was resting during a bike trip with her mother and grandfather near Xihu Taipei Municipal Elementary School in Taipei’s Neihu District. The victim, whose head was severed from her body, died instantly.
Wang was arrested on the spot and the initial investigation revealed that Wang has medical records at a city hospital as well as records of prior drug abuse. Wang is jobless.
The Songde Branch of the Taipei City Hospital later confirmed that the suspect had sought treatment there once in 2014, but added that it does not prove he has a mental illness, according to the state media Central News Agency.
The grieving mother said during a media interview that she had never thought that the society could be so unsafe and that she hoped that the government would do something. “The suspect was insane at the time of committing the crime,” the mother said. [FULL STORY]