Student suspected of murdering mother

Student suspected of murdering mother

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwanese study-abroad student, Chao Ming Chen (actual name to be confirmed), who resides in Los Angeles, California is suspected of strangling his mother, Yi Tung Weng (actual name to be confirmed) who was visiting him from Taiwan.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is currently investigating the case.

The LAPD has yet to clarify all the details regarding domestic problems between the Taiwanese mother and son.

The LAPD stated yesterday that the incident occurred on the corner of Figueroa Street and 7th Street in Los Angeles in an apartment near the city's convention centre.

The crime is believed to have taken place on Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. local time.

The police know that Chen was living in the rented apartment and was visited by his mother who flew in from Taiwan.

It is still unknown how the fight erupted, but Chen allegedly strangled his mother's neck and caused her to die of asphyxiation.

Afterward, Chen dialed 911, the US emergency hotline number, to report a suicide.

Once firefighters arrived on the scene, Weng had already been pronounced dead.

The strangulation marks on her neck, however indicated that her death was not self-induced.

Once taken into police custody for questioning, Chen admitted to committing the crime.

Chen is currently in the Los Angeles central jail and waiting to attend his hearing at the Los Angeles high court where his sentenced will be determined.

During Chen's hearing, judicial officials will determine whether or not the 22 year old Taiwanese student will face the death penalty for convicted murder.

Other rumours indicated that Chen previously threw a cat from the window of his apartment, which may also be investigated during his case.

If these rumours are discovered to be true, Chen would also face charges for animal cruelty in addition to murder charges.

Currently Taiwanese authorities are providing assistance to the family, in order to bring family members together to arrange a funeral service.

Taiwanese authorities are abiding by the family's wishes and not divulging any additional personal information about the mother and her son.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesperson Anna Kao stated yesterday, due to capital law restrictions, and the family's wishes to not disclose any additional information about the case, nor publish the names of any of the family members.

Kao stated that it was the first time the ministry had assisted family members in Taiwan and maintained in contact with the local judiciary in the US MOFA stated that they will ensure that the suspect will face fair judicial proceedings.

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