A 9-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his mother, Pauline Randol, 51, in their southern Michigan home, in Fawn River Township, about 160 miles west-southwest of Detroit.
The woman was shot with a rifle and he boy also is charged with using a firearm during the commission of a felony. The boy was adopted in the family three years ago. He has a history of mental health problems. His biological mother used drugs during pregnancy. “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,” a daughter of Pauline said, adding: “I want people to know that he’s not a bad kid. He loved his mom.”
She also described the boy as “a sweet, caring young man who needed help further than the help my mother gave him, and she tried.” The child is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at a state-run juvenile facility. It isn't clear if he was charged as an adult or a juvenile. Under Michigan law a child under the age of 10 is given the presumption of incompetency.The family says the boy doesn’t know what he did.