In a horrific incident, a New York man hacked his mother to death with a meat cleaver and laid atop her lifeless body when police arrived at their apartment. The incident took place Saturday in a seven-story Woodside apartment building in Queens

Police said that when they arrived at the scene they found a trail of blood and followed it up to the fourth-floor apartment of Carmelita Cabansang. The woman's son, David Galicia, 48, greeted the police at the door. Galicia was covered in blood and apparently walked over to his mom’s lifeless body and lay on top of her.

Two knives were found on the floor next to Cabansag and responding medics pronounced her dead at the scene. The 78-year-old's body was sent to the Medical Examiner's office for an autopsy to determine the official cause of death.

Galicia was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital with stab wounds in his chest and body. During questioning, he admitted to killing his mother, according to the New York Post.

Police described Galicia as “emotionally disturbed” but did not reveal the motive behind the killing. He was charged with second-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal mischief.

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In a similar incident, a Virginia man choked and killed his live-in girlfriend and waited for a week for the body to decompose before getting rid of it. Robert Ardell Carroll, 42, was accused of killing Marcia Dumas, 45, and then hiding the body before burying it behind a library.

During questioning, the accused told detectives that between April 13 and April 15, he and Dumas got into an argument that turned physical. He then hit Dumas six times in the face, then choked her to the point where she passed out, the prosecutor said. After his girlfriend died, he wrapped her body in trash bags before calling a friend with a truck, and the two of them then dumped her body.

In another recent incident, a man in New York City murdered his girlfriend and when police arrived at the doorstep he received them with his hands visibly soaked in blood. Police responded to a 911 call citing a fight at an apartment in Wilson Houses on E. 105th Street. The suspect walked up to the police at the doorstep shirtless with blood on his hand. Police found the woman's body in the bedroom.