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Cops: Boy, 10, shot mother dead because she refused to make Amazon purchase

Cops: Boy, 10, shot mother dead because she refused to make Amazon purchase

Prosecutors say a 10-year-old Milwaukee boy fatally shot his mother in the face because she refused to buy him a virtual reality headset, then logged into her Amazon account and ordered it the next day.

The boy has been charged as an adult with first-degree reckless homicide and is being held in a juvenile detention facility, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which didn’t identify him because of his age.

He initially told police that he took the gun from his mother’s bedroom around 7 a.m. Nov. 21 and went to the basement where she was doing laundry.

Cops: Boy, 10, shot mother dead because she refused to make Amazon purchase
The boy has been charged as an adult with first-degree reckless homicide.
At a center in Lille Virtual reality technology is being used to assist people with cognitive disorders. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images

The boy claimed he was twirling the weapon around his finger when it went off. According to the news outlet, he told his 26-year-old sister, who called 911.

But a day later, his relatives contacted authorities questioning his story and he admitted to police that he intentionally pointed the gun at his mother, according to a complaint cited by the outlet.

According to the boy’s aunt, when she picked him up the day after the shooting, he grabbed a set of house keys that included a key to the gun’s container.

When she asked him about the shooting, he said he pointed the weapon at his mother, who asked, “Why do you have that? Put it down,” according to the complaint.

According to documents obtained by the Sentinel, the day after allegedly shooting his mother in the face, he logged into her Amazon account and ordered an Oculus Virtual Reality headset – as well as assaulting his 7-year-old cousin.

“I’m really sorry for what happened. I’m sorry for killing my mom,” the boy said without empathy or compassion, according to the aunt.

Relatives told authorities about his history of disturbing behavior, which included an incident where he swung his puppy by its tail when he was 4, the Sentinel reported, citing a complaint.

Six months ago, he caused an explosion when he set a balloon containing a flammable liquid on fire, the family told investigators.

They reported that the boy told them he heard imaginary voices.

Cops: Boy, 10, shot mother dead because she refused to make Amazon purchase
The 10-year-old boy allegedly shot his mom dead over the purchase of an Oculus Virtual Reality headset.

When police interviewed the boy again, he told them he aimed the gun at his mother and tried to shoot a wall to “scare her,” but hit her when she walked in front of him, according to the complaint.

He told investigators he got the semiautomatic Glock 43 from the lock box because his mother woke him up at 6 a.m. instead of 6:30 a.m. — and because she wouldn’t let him make an Amazon purchase.

The boy made his initial appearance Friday in Milwaukee County Court, whetr the cash bond was set at $50,000.

He is scheduled to appear at the Youth and Family Justice Center in Milwaukee on Dec. 7.

An attorney for the boy, Angela Cunningham, said she was still gathering information about the case.

“This is an absolute family tragedy. I don’t think anybody would deny or disagree with that,” she told the Sentinel.
“The adult system is absolutely ill-equipped to address the needs of a 10-year-old child.”

Certain serious crimes, such as first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, and attempted first-degree intentional homicide, require children as young as 10 to be charged as adults under state law.

source:summarybio.com