As a cop, you deal with a lot of screwed up situations. I saw this article and immediately thought the usual suspects would scream about "gun violence" or the need for more gun laws against law abiding citizens.
A cliche is people call the cops when they want us to immediately solve an issue that's taken years to develop, or more accurately state, deteriorate. Well, let's look at this. Any other "expert" out there know how to handle this situation?
Milwaukee, WI – A 10-year-old boy accused of shooting his mother in the face for refusing to buy him a virtual reality headset has been charged as an adult.
The boy’s attorney urged the court to set his bail at just $100 on the murder charge, noting that the suspect has no money, WITI reported...
...But the argument failed to sway Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Jane Carroll, who ultimately set the boy’s bail at $50,000, WITI reported.
“The nature, number and gravity of the alleged offenses are significant,” Carroll said, according to WITI. “This is an extremely aggravated offense…The facts of this case warrant significant cash bail.”
Your Honor, thank you. You have secured the general public and his family from the threat from this future serial killer. I'm not making a joke. More on that in a bit, but look at the details on this case.
The shooting occurred on Nov. 21 at the family’s home...according to police.
Investigators said the boy initially told them he shot his 44-year-old mother in the face by accident while twirling the gun on his finger, but that he later confessed to having shot her on purpose because she woke him up early and refused to buy him a virtual reality headset, CBS News reported.
“The bullet entered through the victim’s right eye, traveled through the victim’s brain, and then, bullet fragment(s) exited out the back side of the victim’s head through her skull,” court documents read, according to The Daily Beast. “The victim’s face had stippling on it, indicating that the gun was fired at the victim at close range.”
Now the deceased mom did take precautions. Per the police, the gun was locked up, but her son stole the keys and opened the safe the gun was store in. To make this even more screwed up.
The boy also allegedly logged onto his mom’s Amazon account one day after the fatal shooting and ordered the virtual reality headset he’d been wanting, police said.
“When [the boy] saw his grandmother crying, he stated without any empathy or compassion: ‘I’m really sorry for what happened. I’m sorry for killing my mom,’” the criminal complaint read, according to The Daily Beast. “After apologizing for killing his mother, asked if his Amazon package arrived...”
The family seemed to understand this boy had serious issues:
The court was advised that none of the boy’s relatives have agreed to take him into their care if he is released from jail...
Police said one of the boy’s family members said they have been concerned about the suspect’s “rage” for years, WLS reported.
His relatives alleged he swung a puppy around by its tail when he was four, causing the animal to cry out in pain, according to police...
...One family member allegedly told police that they “felt bad for not stepping in earlier…because they knew that eventually something bad was going to happen,” WLS reported.
“He’s always said that he hears voices,” the boy’s grandmother, Lueritha Mann, told The Daily Beast. “There’s two little girls inside his head telling him to do things. And he has an imaginary friend that will tell him to do really bad things...”
I wonder if they raised the issue with the parent (s) before. There was more than enough cause. A classic sigh of mental issues is cruelty of animals. At four years of age, this kid decided to harm a puppy, knowingly inflicting pain on it. An animal today, humans tomorrow. From The News Minute:
...How often have we seen children taunting and pestering animals while the adults around them simply look the other way? How often do even egregious acts of cruelty to animals get treated with the seriousness and significance they deserve?
Often cruelty to animals is dismissed as a question of insufficient compassion towards other living creatures. But the problem goes deeper as, over time, various studies have shown that cruelty to animals can be a sign of mental illness and often be followed by more abusive behavior.
“When people are cruel to animals, it means they feel no empathy,” says Dr Jayanthini, a psychiatrist from Chennai. “Usually when we get a case of a child who displays aggressive behaviour, we try to ascertain whether he or she has been cruel to animals also, apart from other people. If he or she hasn’t, there is some semblance of empathy there,” she says.
The issues were visible before this kid would be going to Pre K. Could placement into a mental program help, we can only speculate. One thing I notice in this article is there is not mention of a father, so I'll assume the mother was a single parent. You can only speculate if a father (or other strong male influence such as an uncle, pastor, or family friend) was raising him, this boy's life may have gone another way.
I'm not that familiar with Wisconsin law, but this kid's life is basically ruined. I wonder if we will hear from the terrorist group BLM, or will the usual race baiting poverty pimps show up to support the mom's family right now, having to bury one family member, and having a child heading to prison. On second thought, we know the answer. And no, no government program will have stopped this. Love, guidance, discipline. If the family won't act, a social worker can't put in what the parent (s) failed to.
I read this article on Saturday morning.
The female teacher, whose name was not disclosed, was shot with a handgun at about 2 p.m. at Richneck Elementary School, Newport News Police Chief Steve R. Drew said at a news briefing. He said the 6-year-old first-grader, who was taken into custody, had been involved in an altercation with the teacher. No students in the classroom were hurt.
...Newport News Public Schools Superintendent George Parker III said at the evening news conference that “today, our students got a lesson in gun violence,” and asked for community support to make sure guns were not available to youth. Teachers, he said, “cannot control access to weapons.”
“I’m sounding like a broken record today because I continue to reiterate that we need to keep the guns out of the hands of our young people,” he said. “This is evidence today that these are the things that happen when we have access to weapons...”
I don’t argue this boy should not have had access to a firearm at all. However, it’s too early in this (as of Saturday afternoon, nothing’s been released about how he got the gun) to see all the basic facts, and a critical question unanswered. Where are the parents? Still an open case.