HOUSTON – A Texas mother drowned her 5-year-old son and decapitated him before stuffing his body in a trash can at their Houston home on Friday, police said.

Lihui Liu, 43, was arrested Friday after the boy’s father discovered the 5-year-old’s headless body in a trash can in the garage of their home, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The call for service originated as a “stabbing” at the home via 911. It came in around 7 p.m. Friday.

Responding officers arrived at the scene to discover the grotesque crime scene. They found the boy’s body in the garage partially covered with a plastic bag.

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Luhui Lui is accused of murdering her 5-year-old son in a grotesque manner. (Houston Police Department)

The boy’s father later told officers he came home from work and Liu told him she sent their son away. After he started looking for the boy, his wife reportedly admitted the child was in the trash can, the Houston Chronicle reported.

He found the body covered in a black bag inside the trash can along with the head. During the homicide investigation that commenced, police recovered a blood-soaked knife in the bathroom and blood splatter in the tub.

As a result, Liu was taken into custody for suspicion of murder. According to the report, she later admitted to drowning her son, but gave no further details of the decapitation.

The couple also has a 13-year-old daughter, but it’s unclear if she was in the house at the time of the slaying.

Consequently, Liu was booked on the charge of murder. She is expected to be in court on Monday.