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Woman beheads own mother, drops head on footpath

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An Australian woman has been charged with killing and decapitating her mother and leaving the head outside a neighbour’s house.

According to a police source, the body of a 57-year-old woman was found inside her Sydney home on Saturday night, in what they described as one of the “most horrific” crime scenes they had seen.

The 25-year-old woman, suspected of mental illness, was arrested in the front garden of a neighbour’s house after putting her mother’s head on the footpath outside, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported.

It was learnt that said a four-year-old relative witnessed the incident and was treated in hospital for a minor head injury before being returned to his family.

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Detective Superintendent Brett McFadden said officers who attended the crime scene had been offered professional support.

“While police are trained to respond to all types of situations, there’s no getting away from the fact this was a horrific attack,” he told reporters in Sydney.

“This is up there with one of the most significant, most horrific scenes police have to deal with.”

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