Fawn River Township, Michigan: A 9-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his mother, Pauline Randol, in their southern Michigan home, according to court documents.
The woman was found early Monday morning in Fawn River Township, St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough told reporters. Fawn River Township is about 160 miles west-southwest of Detroit.
The boy also is charged with using a firearm during the commission of a felony. Documents filed Tuesday in St. Joseph County Circuit Court show the woman was shot with a rifle.
The boy was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at a state-run juvenile facility, according to county Sheriff Bradley Balk.
It isn’t clear if he was charged as an adult or a juvenile. Authorities have not released the circumstances of the killing or details of why the child was charged.
McDonough and Balk have not responded to messages seeking comment.
Sturgis Public Schools Superintendent Arthur Ebert released a statement to the media, but said nothing about the child or his circumstances.
“As a district it is our goal to provide support to our students, staff, and the community,” Ebert said. “We are limited in what we can share due to privacy laws and the sensitive nature of this tragedy.”
Now a grieving daughter of the victim has revealed that her brother, who was adopted three years ago, had a history of mental health problems and “just recently started snapping,” terrifying their mother.
“She had told her doctor one time she was so scared she was raising the next serial killer,” Harley Martin told reporters.
Another daughter told the Detroit News that Randol had been desperately trying to get more mental health help for the boy.
“She eventually got an appointment … but that was supposed to be for Tuesday, and it was too late,” said Reagan Martin, 23.
“My mother’s death lays in the hands of people failing to educate in mental issues and failing to listen when helped is being begged for.”
Martin called her adopted brother “a sweet, caring young man who needed help further than the help my mother gave him, and she tried.”
Harley Martin said her brother, who came from a troubled home, where his biological mother used drugs during pregnancy, “doesn’t know what he did.”
“He doesn’t understand why he can’t come home or anything,” she insisted. “He’s traumatized by what he saw in there.”
Despite revealing her mother’s warnings, Harley said, “I want people to know that he’s not a bad kid. He loved his mom.
“I don’t want people to think he did not love his mom.”
She also insisted her mother “would do it all over again” and help him.
“I know she’s at peace. I know she still loves him and I know she would not want people thinking bad of him,” Martin said.
The child is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at a state-run juvenile facility, according to St. Joseph County Sheriff Bradley Balk.