A man who is accused of decapitating a four-year-old girl was beaten by an angry mob as he was detained in Taiwan. The killer grabbed the child from behind as she cycled to a metro station in Taipei with her mother to meet relatives on Monday, and beheaded the child with a kitchen knife, the police said. The suspect pushed away the mother of the girl who had rushed forward to save her daughter, while seven bystanders were also unable to stop the man, who was arrested at the scene, according to reports.

Meanwhile, Parliament said it would debate tougher sentences for child-killers following the shocking crime. The girl has been identified only by the surname Liu, while local media have referred to her by her family nickname “little light bulb”.

Police said the suspect, a 33-year-old man surnamed Wang, had been arrested in the past for drug related crimes and had twice sought medical treatment for mental illness after physical altercations with his family.

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