A 10-year-old Wisconsin boy who allegedly shot and killed his mother last month appeared in court for the first time on Monday.
According to WTMJ, Quiana Mann’s son is being charged as an adult as homicide cases are automatically handled in adult court once the defendant turns 10. The judge ordered the boy to remain unshackled during the hearing unless his behavior changed.
Reports indicated that the boy shot Mann, 44, in the face for not purchasing him a virtual reality headset and for waking him up early. He initially claimed he accidentally shot his mother while twirling the gun; he also stated that he meant to shoot the wall to scare her.
The boy allegedly went on Amazon and purchased the item — an Oculus Virtual Reality Headset — the morning after he fatally shot his mother. That same morning he reportedly attacked his 7-year-old cousin, leading his aunt to take him to his grandmother’s house where child welfare workers were.
The boy allegedly told his grandmother, “I’m really sorry for what happened. I’m sorry for killing my mom,” before asking if his Amazon package had arrived.
According to police, the boy stated that understood that guns can kill people. Mann had set up cameras around the home, but they were unplugged at the time of her shooting death.
The boy is charged with first-degree reckless homicide and first-degree intentional homicide.
On Wednesday, the boy’s attorneys sought to have his bail reduced from $50,000 to $100, claiming that is all the money their client has. WTMJ reported that the judge denied the request, citing the nature of the crime and concerns regarding where the boy would reside.
According to reports, the boy’s family had been concerned with his “rage issues” for some time. They told police of an instance in which the then 4-year-old boy swung their puppy until it howled in agony. Mann allegedly got rid of the dog as she feared for its safety.
Six months before the deadly shooting, the boy allegedly filled a balloon with a flammable liquid and set it on fire in the home, causing extensive damage. The boy allegedly then told his mother that he hears five imaginary people talking to him — two sisters, an older woman, a man, and a second man who he called “mean.”
Mann’s son is due back in court on January 19.
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