Law enforcement officials in Franklin County, N.C., encountered a horrific scene  — an 18 year old walked out of his house while holding his mother’s head in one hand and a knife in the other.

Deputies charged Oliver Funez with murder after he called 911 at around 12:45 p.m., according to ABC 11. Funez was taken into custody without incident and was charged with first-degree murder.

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Authorities identified the decapitated woman as 35-year-old Yesenia Funez Beatriz Machado. Two young girls found in the home were unharmed.

Once deputies obtained a search warrant, analysis of the crime scene began.

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“We’ll be here as long as it takes to do a thorough search,” Sheriff Kent Winstead told the TV station. “We owe it to the victims to make sure it’s done in a proper manner — to make sure once it gets to the courthouse, justice can be served.”

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