Tuesday 6 December 2016

Mother of decapitated girl (3) pays tribute to toddler

Geraldine Gittens

Published 30/03/2016 | 14:32

"Little Light Bulb" with her mother and father before she died. Photo: Claire Wang/Facebook

The mother of a three-year-old girl who was decapitated in an apparently random attack in Taiwan has penned a tribute to her child.

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The devastated mother dubbed her little daughter “Little Light Bulb” and wrote about the horrifying attack on Monday in a metro station in Taipei.

"Fortunately, I held you tightly and told you how much I loved you every single day," Claire Wang wrote on Facebook.

"There was a thud... and I knew she was gone. I said to her: 'Baby, it's over'.”

"Those who know me should understand that I always do my best in everything I do; I have a clear conscience, I am rational, I am optimistic and I am strong.”

"As such, I did fight hard to pull and stop the attacker on my own, I really did my best.

"I really miss her," Wang wrote in the heartbreaking letter.

"Please help me everyone, to hold your loved ones beside you properly and tightly. Use all your strength, tightly, deeply, hug them and tell them 'I love you'."

According to reports, the man, grabbed the girl from behind and decapitated her with a cleaver. Mrs Wang was unable to prevent the attack.

Hours later, an angry crowd gathered outside the police station where the man was taken.

The government-run Central News Agency said the 33-year-old had an arrest record for drug crimes and had been treated for mental illness.

At the police station in Taipei on Monday, Mrs Wang told the media: "I believe the suspects in these kinds of random killings lose their minds at that moment."

"This is not a problem that can be solved by passing a law," she said. "I hope we can address the problem from its root, from the perspective of family and education, so that there will no longer be people like him (the perpetrator) in our society."

The mother and daughter were on their way to visit Little Light Bulb’s grandfather when the tragedy occurred.

Police said seven bystanders, as well as the mother, unsuccessfully tried to pull the attacker away, AFP reported.

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