North Carolina Teen Allegedly Decapitated Mother, Walked Outside With Her Head: Sheriff

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A North Carolina teen accused of decapitating his mother on Monday has been charged with murder, WRAL reports.

Oliver Funez, 18, called 911 on Monday afternoon and remained on the phone until police arrived at the home in Zebulon, about 25 miles east of Raleigh, The News & Observer reported.

Once officers arrived on scene, Funez walked out of the home holding a large butcher knife in one hand and his mother’s head in the other hand, Frank County Sheriff Kent Winstead said.

"When they arrived, he was with the decapitation in his hand and it was a gruesome scene," Winstead told WRAL.

Funez placed the head on the ground, and officers took him into custody, according to WTVD.

Detectives found the body of his mother, 35-year-old Yesenia Funez Beatriz Machado, in the home. Two young siblings, about 2 or 3 years old, were also inside the home at the time but unharmed.

Funez was charged with first-degree murder and is scheduled to appear in court on March 14. He is being held without bond.

Investigators have yet to determine a motive for the killing, but prosecutors have pledged to thoroughly evaluate Funez's mental health, according to The News & Observer.

Correction: A previous version of this story referred to the suspect as Funes Machada. 

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