It was the 28th of March, 2016, and 4-year-old Liu Yi-jie Wang was cycling her bike to a Taipei metro station with her mother, Claire Wang, to meet her grandfather. Liu Yi-jie was around a meter ahead of her mother when her bicycle became stuck and she was unable to get it up on to the sidewalk. Claire saw a man approaching her daughter and assumed that he was going to help her lift her bike onto the sidewalk. However, this couldn’t have been further from the truth. As the man approached little Liu Yi-jie, he produced a large meat cleaver and began to brutally slash at the young girl.
Her mother started to scream and attempted to get the man off her daughter but he was much too strong. The man overpowered Claire and continued to slash and stab at Liu Yi-jie. A number of onlookers successfully got the man off Liu Yi-jie but it was much too late. She had been completely decapitated with the meat cleaver.
The man was later identified as 33-year-old Wang Ching-yu, who did not know the Wang family and had purchased the meat cleaver earlier on in te morning. Prosecutors said that a toxicology report found no drugs in his system, adding that he did not display any signs of mental illness following the attack. However, it was noted that he had previously been hospitalised due to mental health issues.