Mom Fatally Shot By 10-Year-Old Son After Refusing To Buy Him A Headset

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A 10-year-old boy in Wisconsin has been charged as an adult after he fatally shot his mother who he said refused to buy him a virtual reality headset.

According to HuffPost, the boy admitted that he shot his 44-year-old mother “in the face when she was approximately three feet away” at their Milwaulkee home last month after he initially claimed the gun was accidentally discharged as he was twirling it around.

The boy also said he was angry with his mother after she woke him up 30 minutes earlier than usual on the day of the November 21 shooting.

Following the fatal shooting, the 10-year-old logged into the Milwaulkee mother's Amazon account to buy the headset, per a criminal complaint obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

He reportedly apologized for the slaying, but officials said he appeared to show no real remorse.

"I’m really sorry for what happened. I’m sorry for killing my mom,” the boy said "without any empathy or compassion" the day after the shooting, according to the complaint.

After he apologized, “he then asked if his Amazon package arrived,” the complaint said.

The criminal complaint also cites that when the boy was four years old he would "spin the family’s puppy around in the air by its tail as it whined and howled in pain," per HuffPost.

A therapist recently gave the boy a "concerning diagnosis," which prompted his mother to place cameras in their home to monitor his behavior, the complaint states. Two weeks prior to the shooting, “someone had unplugged these cameras,” according to the complaint.

Police said the boy also "admitted to knowing that guns are dangerous and can kill people." The 10-year-old has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide, which is punishable by up to 60 years in prison.

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