A 10-year-old Wisconsin boy has been charged as an adult with reckless first-degree homicide after he fatally shot his mother, telling police he was upset she wouldn’t let him buy a helmet. virtual reality on Amazon.
The shooting happened at 6:50 a.m. on Nov. 21 in the 7400 block of North 87th Street in Milwaukee.
Just a day later, the boy purchased an Oculus virtual reality headset from his late mother’s Amazon account, and even asked his grandmother if her package had arrived, according to the criminal complaint.
The 44-year-old mother, identified by NBC affiliate WTMJ of Milwaukee as Quiana Mann, was shot at close range. The bullet entered his right eye and exited the back of his head through his skull, the criminal complaint said.
The boy first told investigators that his mother woke him up at 6 a.m. and that he retrieved his gun from his bedroom, went to the basement where she was doing laundry, and while twirling the gun around his finger, it “accidentally went off”. says the complaint.
After killing his mother, he went to the second-floor bedroom to wake up his 26-year-old sister, who discovered their mother was dead and called 911.
But in later interviews with police, the boy admitted he was not twirling the gun when he shot his mother.
He admitted that “his mother would not allow him to have something from Amazon that he wanted to have”. And he admitted he got the gun back because he was mad at her for waking him up at 6 a.m. when he usually sleeps until 6:30 a.m., and admitted he got the guns back. his mother’s keys in his gun safe the night before, according to the complaint.
He went to the basement and took a firing position, according to the complaint. He said his mum was walking ahead of him when he tried to shoot at the wall to ‘scare her’ and admitted he ‘shot her in the face when she was about a yard away’.
He then put the gun in the living room closet and woke up his sister.
The complaint noted that the boy “admitted to knowing that guns are dangerous and can kill people.”
The sister told police the boy had had “rage issues” all his life and “became very angry and acted out,” according to the complaint. The boy told investigators “he has 5 different imaginary people talking to him”.
A therapist who had met the boy gave him a “worrying diagnosis”, the sister said according to the complaint, but no further details of the diagnosis were detailed.
The mother had also placed cameras in the house to monitor him. Two weeks ago before the shooting, the sister learned from her mother that someone had unplugged the cameras, according to the complaint.
Police also questioned other family members, including an aunt of the boy who told police he “never cried and showed no remorse” over his mother’s death.
The morning after the Nov. 22 shooting, the boy logged into his mother’s Amazon account and ordered an Oculus virtual reality headset, his sister told investigators.
That same morning, the boy’s aunt took him to his grandmother’s to meet with child protective services workers.
The affidavit says that when he arrived he saw his grandmother crying and he “said without any empathy or compassion, ‘I’m so sorry for what happened. I’m sorry I killed my mother.
After apologizing for killing his mother, “he then asked if his Amazon package had arrived.”
The boy made his first court appearance on Friday and a $50,000 cash bond was set, according to online court records. His next status hearing is set for December 7.
If found guilty, he faces a maximum of 60 years in prison. NBC News has reached out to the boy’s attorney for comment.
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