CHICAGO- A Chicago teen was charged with first-degree murder on Thursday after the authorities said he allegedly dismembered his aunt's boyfriend.
Alexis Valdez allegedly did this on Christmas Day - and then left the man's head and other parts in her bed because "he wanted to leave his aunt a present", DNAinfo Chicago reported the prosecutors as saying on Friday.
According to the report, the decapitation was the culmination of a feud between the 18-year-old and the boyfriend, Sylvestre Diaz-Hernandez, 41, the authorities said.
The police went to the home early on Christmas Day after Valdez called 911 to report a dead body in the house, the prosecutors said.
When the operator asked him if he had tried performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the victim, Valdez laughed and said the body had been decapitated, the prosecutors said.
When the police arrived, they found Valdez covered in blood on the home's front porch, the authorities said.
Assistant State's Attorney Kingsley Sawyers said Valdez lived in his aunt's house with her and her boyfriend.
TENSION IN HOME
Valdez was supposed to work and help pay household expenses but did not, leading to tension in the home, Mr Sawyers said. Eventually, his aunt asked him to move out, Mr Sawyers said.
On Christmas Eve, the aunt went to a party and Mr Diaz-Hernandez went to visit his family. Valdez stayed at home to drink and got angry about having to move out of the house, Mr Sawyers said.
He said that when Mr Diaz-Hernandez returned home, he found that Valdez had drunk all of the beer in the house. Mr Diaz-Hernandez and the teen went out to a store to buy more.
Before they left to buy more beer, Valdez allegedly hid a hammer by the door and used it as a weapon to bludgeon Mr Diaz-Hernandez in the head when they came home, Mr Sawyers added.
In more Christmas Day violence in the US, a teen in Brockton, Massachusetts, was arrested on Wednesday after the police said he pulled a knife on his father because he did not get the iPhone he wanted for Christmas.
Alexander Torres, 18, of Moraine Street in Brockton, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery and malicious damage to a motor vehicle, said the Brockton Police. The father was not injured.
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