Troubled by VR headset, 10-year-old shot his mother; charged as an adult

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 reportedly angry with his mother for waking up early and not letting her eat at Amazon.

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The fatal shooting happened around 7 a.m. on Monday, November 21, at 87th and Hemlock. Police initially reported that the boy was playing with the gun when he shot his mother. The woman, identified as Quianna 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 twirling the gun around his finger and it “went off by accident.” After killing his mother, the boy woke up his sister who found their mother dead and called 911.

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Boy and mother’s house.

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

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

According to the complaint, a doctor had previously given the boy a “concerning diagnosis” and the mother had installed cameras inside the house to watch him. Two weeks before the woman was murdered, “someone had unplugged these cameras.”

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

The complaint states that a family member also alleged that the boy used to pick up their puppy by the tail and “swing the puppy around until it was writhing and yelping in pain.” This happened when the boy was reportedly 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 told his aunt that he was “actually aiming the gun at his mother.” The day after her mother’s death, Chachi said she apologized for killing her mother and then asked if her Amazon package had arrived.

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Boy and mother’s house.

In a second interview with detectives, the boy allegedly admitted he retrieved the gun because he was mad at her for waking him up early and not letting him get something on Amazon. He told detectives that his mother walked in front of him when he tried to shoot at the wall to “scare him”. The complaint also states that he admitted to taking the key to his mother’s gun lock box the night before.

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

“Still surprised when there are shootings around, (it) is usually (a) quiet neighborhood,” Frisch said. “(The family) just asked me how I was doing and things like that.”

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

Mayor Johnson said, “Whenever a crime is committed in the city, whether it’s a 10-year-old child or an adult, it’s a cause for concern.” “I don’t want people to get hurt. As for this matter, I’m just learning about it. I learned about it this morning.”

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

He had his first court appearance on Friday and a $50,000 bond was set. He will appear in court for a status hearing on December 7.

TMJ4 News does not wish to release the name of the suspect at this time due to his age. Read our ‘proceed’ policy here. In Wisconsin, you may be charged as an adult if you are 17 years of age and older. It is rare for someone under the age of 17 to be accused – and practically unheard of for a 10-year-old.

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