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Texas mom charged with killing her son is ‘very mentally ill’

Texas mom, 43, who ‘drowned her five-year-old son then decapitated him and put his remains in a trash can is ‘very mentally ill’ and unable to talk about the murder, claims her attorney

  • Lihui Liu remains jailed without bond after being charged with capital murder 
  • The 43-year-old was arrested for killing her five-year-old son on November 30 
  • Liu’s defense attorney George Parnham said she is a ‘very mentally ill individual’
  • Liu, who is from Singapore, is also unable to communicate, Parnham added

Lihui Liu, 43, remained jailed on Sunday without bond after being charged with capital murder

A Texas woman accused of drowning and decapitating her five-year-old son before dumping his body in a trash can is ‘very mentally ill,’ her attorney said.

Lihui Liu, 43, remained jailed on Sunday without bond after being charged with capital murder in the death of her son, Jiadong Xu. 

The boy’s father found his body wrapped in a plastic bag and inside a trash can in the family’s garage on November 30.

Defense attorney George Parnham told the Houston Chronicle that Liu, who is from Singapore, is unable to communicate and the ‘very facts of the situation speak to an action of irrational mind.’

He described her as a ‘very mentally ill individual’ after she appeared in court on Friday.

Parham said Liu is taking medication and receiving mental health help in jail. 

Parnham represented Andrea Yates, the Texas woman who drowned her five children in her bathtub in 2001.

Liu’s husband, Kai Xu, told the newspaper his wife began experiencing a downward spiral with depression in March.

She was arrested last month after police responded to a report of a stabbing at the family’s home in Houston.

Police found the boy’s decapitated body on the garage floor, partially covered by a plastic bag.

Xu told police he had left his wife at home with their son and 13-year-old daughter.

When he returned, he said he found his wife in the garage and she told him she had sent the boy away.

The father said he started looking for his son and his wife then admitted the child was in the trash can.

He found his son’s body in a black plastic bag and the severed head in the can.

Officers later found a bloody knife in the bathroom and a blood-splattered bathtub, the Chronicle reported.

Liu allegedly admitted she had drowned her son, but refused to speak about the decapitation.

Child Protective Services confirmed to the Chronicle that they had interacted with the family in 2015 but the details of their involvement is not clear. The children were never in state custody. 

The 13-year-old daughter is staying with the father, CPS confirmed to the Chronicle on Friday.