A woman in China admitted to murdering a neighbor's 5-year-old grandson on July 8, because she thought he was smarter and healthier than her own, police say.
The woman, 52-year-old Li Xiuling, allegedly lured the young neighbor, Wang Minghan, to her home in Haocun village in China's Henan province, where she strangled him, The Business Standard reported. She then allegedly buried him in a planter that she had dug in her garden a couple weeks earlier in preparation.
After her arrest, she reportedly told officials that she was so intensely jealous of the 5-year-old boy, whom she called clever and healthy, that she plotted to murder him. He stood out to her as a stark contrast to her own grandson, who suffered from the chronic degenerative disease muscular atrophy.
In early July, Li went to her neighbor's house, where she found the young boy playing outside and unattended, while his grandmother showered, according to official reports cited by The Daily Mail.
When the neighbor got out of the shower moments later, she noticed that her grandson was gone. He had left his shoes on the floor, so she suspected that somebody had abducted him.
Another neighbor recalled seeing a middle aged woman loitering suspiciously in front of the house earlier. They also witnessed a large car speed away not long after.
News of the boy's disappearance spread through the whole country of China, and many people shared photos of the lost boy on social media, in the hopes that he would be found, according to the Business Standard.
Sadly, officials found the small boy's body on July 26. They arrested Li, who reportedly confessed to the crime and stated that she felt very remorseful, according to the Daily Mail.
The incident is still under investigation, and more details will be released as they surface.