A 10-year-old boy in the United States is about to go to prison after he allegedly shot his mother to death for refusing to purchase him his favourite headset, Naija News learnt.
The boy now in police custody was said to have asked his mom to buy him an Oculus Virtual Reality headset from Amazon, but she refused.
Reports said the accused got hold of a gun, shot the mom dead and proceeded to log into her amazon account the next day to purchase the musical gadget.
New York media reports that the 26-year-old older sibling of the accused reported the incident to the police and the child was charged with first-degree homicide and is being held in a juvenile detention facility.
The boy was said to have confessed to the elder sister that he was twirling the weapon around his finger when it went off as their mother tried to walk out of him.
Later in his confession to the police, he said that he pointed the gun at his mother. “I’m really sorry for what happened. I’m sorry for killing my mom,” the boy’s statement read, according to the aunt.
Meanwhile, relatives told authorities that the child has a history of disturbing behaviour, including an incident where he swung his puppy by its tail at age four.
They also claimed that he caused an explosion six months ago when he set a balloon containing a flammable liquid on fire. The relatives said the boy had told them he usually hears imaginary voices.
Confessing further, the boy said he aimed the gun at his mom and tried shooting into the wall just to scare her, but it struck her when she walked in front of him.
He told investigators that he got the gun from the lockbox because his mom woke him up early at 6:00 a.m. instead of 6:30 a.m., adding that she wouldn’t purchase his favourite headset on Amazon.
The 10-year-old boy has been charged as an adult with first-degree reckless homicide; he will be appearing at the Center in Milwaukee on December 7.
The legal representative of 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. The adult system is absolutely ill-equipped to address the needs of a 10-year-old child,” Ms Cunningham said.