The youngster, identified in media reports by his surname Luo, was detained in the popular tourist city of Dali, where he’d fled from his hometown of Santang in Hunan. In the wake of the murders, according to Sixth Tone, Luo took off on his dead dad’s motorcycle, heading first to an Internet cafe to purchase a train ticket (which he did using his father’s ID card) and then to the railway station. After Luo was caught by police in Dali, he confessed to the killings.
Luo’s home in Santang, Hunan province. Image via The Paper
According to Beijing News, the brutal crime was committed after Luo’s mother refused to give him cash to play computer games at an Internet cafe. Video footage of the crime scene, which was captured by The Paper, shows bloodstains on the floor of Luo’s family home. The presumed murder weapon is also visible in the footage.
The crime scene. Screengrab via The Paper
Earlier in December, a 12-year-old boy in Hunan province stabbed his mother to death inside their home in Yuanjiang. Before the murder, the mother and son were quarrelling over four packs of cigarettes that the boy had stolen and smoked, which led to the mother beating her son. In the aftermath of his mother’s brutal killing, the boy was removed from school and moved to Changsha, where he is living under supervision.
Individuals below the age of 14 are excused from punishment under Chinese law.
According to The Paper, once released by authorities, Luo will spend time at an “elder care facility.”
With files from Ryan Gandolfo
[Cover image: screengrab via The Paper]