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Mother rips out heart of her 5-year-old son

By Mason White 6:11 PM December 8, 2014
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By: Tanya Malhotra
A mother was arrested on charges of murder after being accused of ripping out the heart of her 5-year-old son, police in the United Kingdom said.

Police in Scotland said that the killing, which was part of a cult ritual, was horrible and disgusting.

According to the initial investigation, the 32-year-old mother of the child cut out his heart. Police found the boy in a house in Alva, Clackmannanshire, following a call for a welfare check.

Emergency services arrived at 8:50 a.m. on Friday. Several streets in the surrounding area were cordoned off. Police said that they were not looking for more suspects in connection with the incident.

Chief Inspector Stephen Sneddon said that police found the child with a serious injury to his body, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another child found in the house, who police believe is the sister of the dead boy, was unharmed. She was taken into custody by child services.