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Toddler killed in gruesome knife attack in Taipei

2016/03/28 12:57:00

Reporters wait to be briefed on the crime outside a police station in Neihu, Taipei, Monday.

Taipei, March 28 (CNA) A 4-year-old girl was decapitated in an apparent random attack in Taipei Monday in full view of her mother, police said.

A man said to be in his forties has been detained in connection to the gruesome killing.

The attack occurred late Monday morning when the girl, whose name has not been revealed, and her mother were on their way to a local metro station in northern Taipei's Neihu District.

Local TV footage showed the decapitated body covered in white cloth on a sidewalk near the child's strider bike.

A bloodstained kitchen knife was found near the crime scene.

(By Yiu Kai-hsiang and Jay Chen)

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Bereaved mother shows forbearance in wake of tragedy
Two new random attacks in Taiwan following gruesome killing of child
Government mulling law revisions for compulsory treatment
Flowers, dolls laid to mourn young victim of knife attack

Front pages of local newspapers March 29:

'I did not know society is so unsafe': mother of slain child
Suspect in child's beheading has psychiatric treatment record: police
Murder of 4-year-old girl stirs death penalty debate
Bill on death penalty for child killers to be discussed Thursday