VICTORIA — A 19-year-old Vietnamese girl is fighting for her lives after being attacked and nearly decapitated by her own mother.
Vietnamese parents of the young woman say they had never heard of such an incident and the girl has been placed on life support.
The mother, Phan Thanh Thanh, was arrested Sunday after she was accused of trying to kill her daughter with a knife.
A family member said the mother took the young girl to a hospital and was treated there for a broken nose, a swollen right cheek and other injuries.
She was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of first-degree murder and attempted first-offence murder, the family’s lawyer said.
Vietnam’s state-run news agency, Viet Nam News, said police found the knife and told the mother she could face the death penalty if convicted.
Phan Than, who is a mother of two and a father of two, is charged with second-degree attempted murder and first-charge aggravated murder.
She is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in a hearing in Nan Van, a city in the southwestern province of Thua Thien.
A Vietnamese family member told The Associated Press that Phan, who worked in the Vietnamese army, was in charge of the house when her mother was allegedly at work.
The mother told police she went to pick up the girl at the Vietnamese school and saw her with a bloody nose and other cuts, the relative said.
The relative said Phan said the girl was crying and asked the mother to get her to the hospital so they could go home.
The relative said the woman took the girl to the Vietnam hospital and there she was declared dead.
Police said Pha Than’s son was questioned Sunday but has not been charged.