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Mother Arrested After Drowned, Decapitated Body Of 5-Year-Old Discovered In Trash

Lihui Liu had been suffering from severe depression and attempted suicide in August, according to her husband.

A Texas mother was arrested after police discovered the decapitated body of her 5-year-old child in a trash can not far from a blood-splattered bathroom at their home.

Law enforcement responded to calls about a stabbing at the Houston residence at around 7 p.m. on Nov. 30. There, they discovered the headless body of a child covered in plastic.

Kai Xu, the boy's father, said he found his son dead in a trash can in the garage after returning home from work. Xu told police he'd left his wife, Lihui Liu with the 5-year-old and their 13-year-old daughter when he went to work that morning. Upon arriving at home, Liu said she'd sent the younger boy, Jiandong Xu, away. The father searched for the child briefly before Liu allegedly admitted he was in the trash can.

That's where the father found the boy's body and severed head.

Searching the house, police found a blood-drenched bathroom and a bloody knife.

During interrogation, Liu allegedly admitted to drowning the child but would not discuss the beheading. The whereabouts of the 13-year-old girl at the time of the killing is unknown.

Xu later told The Houston Chronicle that he thought leaving the child with her in the morning would help his wife's depression.

“She loved my son. That’s why I let my son be together with her," he said through tears. "My son could make her better and recover. That was my mistake. ... I don't like her because she killed my son. I'm very angry. But as her husband, I need to take care of her.”

Xu revealed that his wife had been treated for mental health problems after a suicide attempt in August, after which she had been prescribed antidepressants that she refused to take.

Liu has no prior criminal record. Child Protective services were in touch with the family in 2015, although the nature of that is unclear. The children were not placed in state custody at the time.

Liu has been charged with capital murder and is being held without bail, according to The Associated Press. She is due back in court on Dec. 3.

[Photo: Houston Police]

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