Wisconsin boy, 11, who ‘shot his mother Quiana Mann dead at point-blank range’ because she refused to let him buy VR headset on Amazon is set to go on TRIAL as an adult
- The judge decided he would be tried as an adult as he did not receive ‘major mental diagnosis’
- Psychologists had different opinions regarding the boy’s competence and understanding of the crime
- He is accused of shooting his mom, 44, from three feet away because she refused to buy him a VR headset
A Wisconsin boy, 10 at the time of the shooting, has been ordered to stand trial for allegedly murdering his mother because she refused to buy him a virtual reality headset on Amazon.
The boy has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide and is ready to stand trial as an adult, Judge Jane Carroll decided.
The 11-year-old boy, whose identity is not being made public, was reviewed by two psychologists who debated on whether the boy was able to understand the nature of the crime and the charges.
Judge Carroll decided that the boy would stand the trial as an adult, as he did not have ‘major mental diagnosis’ and was able to understand what’s happening around him.
The child is accused of shooting his mom Quiana Mann, 44, from three feet away at their home in Milwaukee.
The boy, whose name has not been publicly released, fatally shot his mother Quiana Mann, 44, of Milwaukee (pictured), in the face inside their home on November 21, 2022, because she refused to buy him a VR headset
The boy confessed to the detectives that he was angry at his mom for waking him up 30 minutes early – at 6am instead of 6.30am – and not allowing him to purchase the headset from Amazon
After shooting her in the home (pictured), he put the gun in the closet and told his 26-year-old sister that their mother was dead. His family said he had ‘rage issues’ and heard five imaginary people. The child will be tried as an adult and faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted
He signed in to his mom’s Amazon account the next day to buy himself an Oculus VR headset, priced between $500 and $700. The boy told his grandma he was ‘sorry’ for killing his mother but then asked where his package was.
The child ‘knew his case was in adult court; he knew his case was a felony,’ Milwaukee County prosecutor Sara Waldschmidt said in court.
‘He knew that there were two types of cases — felonies and misdemeanors and he knew it was serious,’ the prosecutor continued, reported by Fox News.
The 11-year-old was in custody with a $50,000 bond. If found guilty of the charges, he could spend up to 60 years in prison.
The child initially claimed he accidentally shot his mom in the head, but later confessed he got the gun from the lockbox and aimed at his mother before shooting her to dead
The child initially told police that the shooting was an accident. He claimed Mann had walked in front of him while he was aiming at a wall to ‘scare her’, and he accidentally shot her in the head, according to criminal charges obtained by the Journal Sentinel.
He later confessed that he was angry at his mom for waking him up 30 minutes early – at 6am instead of 6.30am – and not allowing him to purchase the headset from Amazon. He then got the gun from the lockbox
He intentionally aimed at his mother before shooting her at their home on 87th Street near Hemlock at around 7am on November 21, according to the complaint.
The boy is one of Mann’s four children: Brianna, TJ, Brandon, and Noah. It is unclear which boy shot her.
Mann worked in behavioral health and had four children: Brianna, TJ, Brandon, and Noah. It remains unknown which boy shot her
After the shooting, he put the gun in the closet and told his older sister Brianna Moore, 26, that his mother, who worked in behavioral health, was dead. Moore then called 911.
The boy’s aunt and sister said he never cried or showed remorse and had also physically attacked his seven-year-old cousin the same day.
When he was four, the boy allegedly swung the family’s puppy around by its tail, the complaint says. Six months ago, the family told police, the boy filled a balloon with a flammable liquid and set it on fire, causing an explosion that burned furniture and the carpet.
When asked why he did it, the boy said ‘two sisters told him to do it.’
The boy told his family he hears five imaginary people talking to him, who he said are two sisters, an old woman, and two ‘mean’ men.
Brianna also said in the complaint that her brother has had ‘rage issues’ all his life and becomes ‘very angry and acts out.’
Mann also set up cameras around the home, but the cameras had been unplugged during the shooting, according to WISN. It is unclear who disabled the cameras.
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