Arrested: Oliver Funes, 18, allegedly beheaded his own mother before walking out of their home carrying her head
A 18-year-old has been charged with the gruesome murder of his mother after he was found walking down the street with her severed head in one hand and a bloody butcher’s knife in the other.
Oliver Funes called 911 around 12.45pm on Monday to tell police he had just killed his mother at their home in Franklin County, North Carolina.
A deputy responding to the call then saw the teen walking out of the house holding the woman’s head in one hand and what appeared to be a butcher’s knife in the other.
Inside the home, deputies found the body of 35-year-old Yesenia Funez Beatriz Machado.
Franklin County Sheriff Kent Winstead said the 18-year-old is charged with first-degree murder in the wake of the incident.
He has made his first appearance in court and was held without bond.
In court: 18-year-old Funes appeared in court and was ordered to appear again on March 14. He is charged with 1st degree murder for beheading his mother
Cops were seen taking Yesenia Funez Beatriz Machado’s body from the scene after she was killed by her son, according to police
Distraught: The victim’s husband and alleged killer’s father was overcome with grief and was taken from the scene by relatives and officers
Winstead said Funes’ two young sisters were at home but were unharmed, and a fourth child was at school. Authorities did not elaborate on what led to the death.
The killer’s father and the victim’s husband arrived home at 5pm to find the scene and had to be led away by cops – overcome with grief.
Other older relatives were pictured being comforted at the scene of the crime.
Neighbor Ryan Reader told WBTW: ‘Complete and utter shock. 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.’
Forensics: The scene of the crime was so bloody, police could not say how many times Yesenia Machado had been stabbed before her son allegedly cut off her head
Investigation: Officers are still present at the scene after the gruesome murder on Monday
Police arrested Oliver Funes, 18, outside his home in Franklin County, North Carolina, before covering up the bloody scene, pictured
The 18-year-old called the local sheriff’s department in Franklin County following the murder
Winstead added: ‘It’s a terrible situation for the family, a terrible situation for the neighborhood and this county.
‘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. We just haven’t gotten that far in the investigation.’
Terry Wright, chief of staff of Franklin Sheriff’s department told ABC News: ‘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
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