Boy, 10, shoots mum dead because she refused to buy Amazon VR headset

A 10-year-old child shot and killed his mother at their home after she refused to buy him a virtual reality headset, prosecutors said.

The murder, which took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, means that the boy is currently being held in a juvenile detention centre after being charged as an adult.

Prosecutors say the boy logged into his mother's – Quiana Mann – Amazon account and ordered the headset the day after killing her.

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The youngster initially told police that he retrieved the gun from his mum’s bedroom about 7am on November 21 before going to the basement where she was doing laundry as he began twirling the weapon around his finger.

He said the gun then went off, striking his mum, which caused him to tell his older sister who called the authorities, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

However, just a day later, he changed his story as he admitted to the cops that he intentionally pointed the pistol at his mother after they were contacted by relatives who questioned the boy's initial version of events.

Alongside ordering an Oculus Virtual Reality headset the following day of his mother's death, he also assaulted his seven-year-old cousin, according to documents cited by the Sentinel.

His aunt said that the boy apologised but without empathy or compassion as he said: “I’m really sorry for what happened. I’m sorry for killing my mum."

After being interviewed by police again, he told them he aimed the gun at his mum and tried shooting a wall to “scare her,” but hit her after she walked in front of him.

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He said he was able to get the weapon from its lockbox after she woke him up early and said he did it because she refused to buy him the headset on Amazon.

Angela Cunningham, a lawyer for the young boy said: “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.”

Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson told reporters: “Anytime there’s violence that happens in Milwaukee whether it’s committed by someone who’s 10 years old or much older than that, that gives me pause”.

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