A North Carolina 18-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder after he reportedly called 911 to his house before coming outside holding his mother's severed head in one hand and a bloody knife in the other.
Oliver Mauricio Funes Machada reportedly called 911 in the early afternoon of March 6, telling police that he had just killed his mother at their home near Zebulon, North Carolina, Daily Mail reports. An officer who responded to Oliver's call said he saw the teenager walk out of the house holding a butcher's knife covered in blood in one hand and the head of his 35-year-old mother, Yemenis Funez Beatriz Machado, in the other.
Kent Winstead, the sheriff of Franklin County's police department, said that Oliver has been charged with first-degree murder.
"It's a terrible situation for the family, a terrible situation for the neighborhood and this county," said Winstead. "I'm just glad things worked out the way they did and no one else was hurt in taking the suspect into custody."
"I can't tell you how many stab wounds or cuts," the sheriff added. "We just haven't gotten that far in the investigation."
It is not yet clear what motivated the teen to allegedly kill his mother.
Oliver's two younger sisters were reportedly home during the murder, but were not harmed. A fourth child was reportedly at school during the incident.
Oliver's father arrived home at 5 p.m. and had to be helped away from the home by police after becoming overwhelmed by grief, according to WBTW. Police removed Yemenis' remains from the home at around 8:30 p.m., and investigators reportedly left the scene around 10 p.m.
"Complete and utter shock," said Ryan Reader, a neighbor. "Pilot, Zebulon, this whole area is a quiet area and I didn’t know what to expect when I got home and saw police cars and everything around."
Eddie Gardner, another neighbor, said that the murder was "hard to comprehend." Gardner said that he was there when the father arrived.
"I don't know what they told him," said Gardner. "I mean, we just heard him crying and you could hear him all over the place. I mean he definitely never expected something like this to happen."
Franklin County Sheriff's Office Chief of Staff Terry Wright said that the police would do a complete investigation of the murder, WLS-TV reports.
"We'll be here as long as it takes to do a thorough search. We owe it to the victims to make sure it's done in a proper manner -- to make sure once it gets to the courthouse, justice can be served," Wright said.
Oliver made his first court appearance on March 7. A judge ordered that the 18-year-old would be held without bond.