A North Carolina teen allegedly stabbed his mother to death and decapitated her told a 911 operator he did it because he “felt like it.”
Monday, 18-year-old Oliver Funes-Machado told the dispatcher that he’s stabbed his mother eight times. According to court documents, he also left the knife inside her mouth.
He was asked if he’d checked his mother’s pulse to see if she was alive. “She’s dead,” was his response in regards to the condition of 35-year-old Yesenia Beatriz Funez Machado. The dispatcher then asked the teen why he’d killed Machado. He responded, “because I felt like it.”
After the brutal murder, police arrived on the scene. The teen was seen walking out of the house “carrying a knife in one hand and a severed human head in the other.”
Authorities found what was left of her body between the kitchen and living room. Funes-Machado had also told the dispatcher his 4-year-old and 2-year-old siblings were in the house. He said his father was not home.
The younger sisters were not hurt, and a teenage brother was at school.
The suspect was from Honduras and in the country illegally, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox.
The teen’s public defender C. Boyd Sturges III described him as “a pretty profoundly disturbed young man.” The young suspect, who has been charged with first-degree murder, was on four medications for a psychiatric condition, according to the warrants.
“The circumstances of this crime are very unusual and horrific,” the Franklin County DA’s office said in a statement on Wednesday, according to WNCN. “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 at the appropriate time and place.”
The sheriff’s office is using the services of independent counselors to help deputies deal with what they saw at the crime scene, according to WTVD.
“It was tough, it was a traumatic scene, a gruesome scene,” Terry Wright of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office told the station.