Teen Suspected Of Decapitating Mom Says He "Felt Like It"

His small siblings were home at the time.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

New details emerged in the bloody death of a 35-year-old woman in Zebulon, North Carolina. On Monday, Oliver Mauricio Funes-Machado (whose name is also cited in news reports as Oliver Mauricio Funes-Machada) was arrested for allegedly killing his mother and decapitating her. According to WNCN, he apparently did it because he "felt like it."

The 18-year-old told dispatchers that he had killed his mom, Yesenia Funez Beatriz Machado, “because I felt like it." Per a sworn statement by Det. A.R. Roberts of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect shared "he stabbed her 'like 8 times' and left the knife in her mouth." 

When authorities arrived at the scene of the crime, one said (in an affidavit) that they “observed a male exit the house carrying a knife in one hand and a severed human head in the other." They also found “a decapitated body on the floor between the kitchen and the living room and two small children inside."

The kids were identified as Funes-Machado’s 4-year-old sister and 2-year-old brother.

Investigators found medication in the house belonging to Funes-Machado. In court, officials shared that the medication is used to treat psychosis and schizophrenia.

The district attorney's office shared the following statement: "The circumstances of this crime are very unusual and horrific. While it is too early to know for sure what the Defendant’s mental state was at the time of the murder, it will be reviewed [a]t the appropriate time and place. In the meantime, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office will continue to prepare the case for trial."

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