According to reports, a 10-year-old child shot and killed his mother when she refused to buy him a virtual reality headset.
The morning after his mother’s passing, the child allegedly entered into his mother’s Amazon account and ordered the headset.
He faces a first-degree reckless homicide prosecution as an adult.
Initially saying it was an accident, the kid eventually admitted that he had intended to shoot his mother.
His aunt and sister, who assert that he has not sobbed or displayed any sorrow, claim that he got into her Amazon account the morning after she passed away and ordered a headset.
The boy is being held in juvenile jail and has been charged as an adult with first-degree reckless homicide.
On November 21, just before seven in the morning, the incident took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“I don’t think anybody would deny or disagree with that… the adult system is absolutely ill-equipped to address the needs of a 10-year-old child.”
State law requires children as young as 10 to be charged as adults for certain serious crimes, but lawyers can request the case is moved to a juvenile court.
One of the boy’s lawyers, Angela Cunningham, said: “This is an absolute family tragedy.
According to criminal accusations obtained by a local newspaper, the child is reported to have told police he took the rifle from his mother’s bedroom and went to the basement where she was washing laundry.
Initially, Milwaukee Police said that the youngster was “playing” with the gun when it accidentally discharged, killing his mother.
The Milwaukee County District Attorney General’s Office would be consulted over the event, according to the police.
Additionally, they urged people to “keep firearms secured with a gunlock and out of children’s reach.”
However, worried family members contacted the police a day after the occurrence.
‘Disturbing behaviour’ history
According to reports, the youngster has a history of “disturbing behaviour,” which includes swinging a puppy by its tail when he was four years old.
His relatives informed authorities that he lit a balloon on fire after filling it with flammable liquid, which resulted in an explosion that scorched the carpet and furnishings.
The youngster said that he hears fictitious persons speaking to him when his family questioned him.
On the day of the shooting, he also physically assaulted his cousin, who was 7 years old.
According to the charging sheet, he admitted to trying to shoot a wall to “scare her” when she moved in front of him and was hurt during a second interview with police.
He said that his mother had woken him up at 6 am that day, 30 minutes earlier than normal, and that is why he seized the gun.
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