According to news reports, a 33-year-old man attacked the girl with a cleaver in full view of her mother as they were on their way to a metro station in Taipei, the island’s capital.
“I saw the suspect slashing my daughter with a cleaver. I immediately grabbed him but I could not pull him away.”
The bystanders heard her screams for help and rushed to restrain the attacker until police arrived.
“I’m devastated, because I will never see her again, and she’ll never see her siblings again,” the mother said.
The mother of the 4 year old girl beheaded in front of her told reporters she hopes her daughter’s death will prompt important discussions and “make people pay more attention to love.”
Meanwhile, an initial investigation found that the suspect, identified only by his surname Wang, waited near the metro station after allegedly buying the knife at a supermarket earlier that day.
The suspect for the 4 year old girl beheaded in front of her mother was Cited by police that it had a history of mental illness and had received treatment at a psychiatric hospital. He was was detained at a police station, where a large angry crowd gathered. Officers attempted to escort him out of the building, still with blood splashed across his face, but several people rushed the suspect, eventually forcing police to take him back inside.
Previously in 2014, a 21-year-old Taiwanese man, Cheng Chieh, went on a mass stabbing spree on the Taipei metro system, killing four people and injuring 24 more.