A woman in Egypt strangled her five-year-old boy before chopping his body up and eating a part of his head.
The 29-year-old mother, identified only as Hanaa, reportedly decapitated and ingested her boy because she “wanted him to stay with her forever”, according to a law enforcement source.
She was arrested after cops found the little boy’s remains in buckets on her property in Faqus, a city in Egypt’s Ash Sharqiyah governorate.
Hanaa is said to have been separated from her husband for a number of years.
She told cops she didn’t intend to kill the boy, Youssef, and that she suffers from a mental health condition that drove the heinous act.
Local media reported that as part of the ongoing investigation, she is due to undergo a mental health evaluation.
It comes just days after a mother in Kenya appeared in court charged with stabbing her two-year-old before cutting open her body and eating her liver.
Olivia Naserian, 24, is said to have killed her little girl Glory Njeri with a knife and gorging on her insides.
Her neighbours on a residential estate in Kitengela, a small town around 20 miles south of Kenya’s capital, raised the alarm with police arriving to arrest her on suspicion of murder a short while later.
She appeared in court Tuesday, with the chief magistrate ordering her to stay in custody for an additional 10 days as the investigation continues.
The little girl’s butchered corpse was taken to the Kitengela hospital morgue for a post mortem.
Kitengela investigators had requested the additional time as they try to establish the young woman’s psychiatric condition.
Using archaic terminology, Kitengela Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss Benson Mutia said: “We believe the court will give us more time to investigate this matter, we also want to establish whether this woman is normal or has a mental illness.
“What she did to her own baby is unexplainable.”
Eyewitnesses reportedly watched in horror through the window as Naserian stabbed the baby several times while singing hymns and obsessively reciting the alphabet.