A 10-year-old boy, upset by a virtual reality headset, shoots his mother to death; charged as adult | spcilvly

MILWAUKEE – A 10-year-old boy who shot and killed his 44-year-old mother last week in Milwaukee is being charged with first-degree murder as an adult.

According to a criminal complaint, the boy was allegedly angry at his mother for waking him up early and not letting him have something on Amazon.

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The fatal shooting took place near 87th and Hemlock around 7 a.m. on Monday, November 21. Police initially reported that the boy was playing with the gun when it went off, hitting his mother. The woman, identified as Quiana Mann, was shot in the head and died from her injuries.

According to the criminal complaint, when the boy was first interviewed, he said he was spinning the gun around his finger and it “accidentally went off.” After killing his mother, the boy woke up his sister, who found her mother dead and called 911.

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The home of the child and the mother.

Due to his age, the boy was allowed to stay with his family. However, the next day, the family contacted the Milwaukee Police Department with “serious concerns.”

The complaint says the boy’s 26-year-old sister told detectives that he had had “anger issues” his entire life and “five different imaginary people who talk to him.”

A therapist previously gave the boy a “troubling diagnosis” and the mother had placed cameras inside the home to monitor him, according to the complaint. Two weeks before the woman’s murder, “someone had disconnected these cameras.”

The sister also told detectives that she learned that the morning after her mother’s death, the boy logged into his mother’s Amazon account and ordered an Oculus virtual reality headset.

The complaint says a family member also alleged that the boy would pick up his puppy by its tail and “swing him around until he whimpered and howled in pain.” This occurred when the boy was supposedly four years old.

An aunt told detectives that the boy never cried or showed remorse after his mother’s death. The complaint alleges that the 10-year-old boy told his aunt that he “was actually pointing the gun at his mother.” The day after her mother died, the aunt said she apologized for killing her mother and then asked if her Amazon package had arrived.

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The home of the child and the mother.

In a second interview with detectives, the boy allegedly admitted that he got the gun back because he was angry with her for waking him up early and not letting him buy something on Amazon. She told detectives that her mother walked in front of him when she tried to shoot at the wall to “scare” her. The complaint also says he admitted to getting his mother’s keys to the gun safe the night before.

Neighbors described the family as average. Steve Frisch has lived near 87th and Hemlock for more than two decades. His quiet neighborhood was shaken last week when police arrested the 10-year-old boy.

“I’m still surprised there was a shooting, because normally it’s a quiet neighborhood,” Frisch said. “(The family) just asked me how I’m doing and stuff like that.”

On Wednesday morning, TMJ4 News asked Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson about the charges the 10-year-old is facing.

“Any time there is a crime in the city, whether committed by a 10-year-old or someone much older, it is concerning,” said Mayor Johnson. “I don’t want people to get hurt. As for this case, I’m just finding out. I got the details this morning.”

The 10-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide. If he is convicted, he faces a maximum of 60 years in prison.

He had his initial court appearance Friday and was held on $50,000 cash bail. She will appear in court for a status hearing on December 7.

TMJ4 News has chosen not to name the suspect at this time due to his age. Read our “Moving Forward” policy here. In Wisconsin, you can be charged as an adult if you are 17 or older. Charging someone under 17 is uncommon, and a 10-year-old is practically unheard of.

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