Police in Thanh Hoa province arrested a 14-year-old boy on Tuesday for allegedly killing his 9-year-old neighbor and dumping his body in a well.
Vu Anh Tu of the north-central province’s Ha Trung District was arrested for allegedly killing his neighbor Vu Duc Dat.
Police say he has confessed to the crime, though his motive remains unclear.
The crime happened on November 29 after the victim's parents, construction worker Vu Ngoc Hoan and garment factory worker Nguyen Thi Huong, left for work at around 1:30 p.m.
They left Dat and his brother, 13-year-old Vu Duc Trung at home.
Trung later went out into a field to catch snails leaving Dat alone at home.
At around 5 p.m., Huong and Hoan came home and couldn't find their youngest son.
When they peered into the backyard well, they spotted a number of kitchen items floating on the surface. Hoan said he almost collapsed after discovering the body of his son while trying to recover the objects.
The boy's feet had been bound, two of his fingers had been cut off and he'd sustained multiple injuries to his head.
When the police arrived to drain the well, they recovered a knife, a hammer, three bricks and two fingers in the well.
The family is also missing a cell phone.
Police say they are investigating the crime.