Milwaukee, Wisconsin: A 10-year-old boy has been charged with murdering his 44-year-old mother, Quana Mann on November 21, 2022 for refusing to buy him an Oculus VR headset. He has been charged as an adult and faces a possible sentence of 60 years in prison.
Investigators believe that the boy shot his mother in the face at about 7:00 am before using her credit card to purchase the headset on Amazon.
Following the shooting, he allegedly returned the gun to the closet and told his older sister, 26-year-old Brianna Moore that their mother was dead. She is the one that called 911.
In an initial interview with law enforcement the boy allegedly told them that the shooting was an accident saying that his mother had walked in front of him while he pointed the gun at the wall, allegedly intending to "scare her."
The shooting was initially considered a child "playing" with a gun and the by was released to a family member.
The next day, however, family reached out to law enforcement expressing concerns which resulted in the boy ultimately being arrested and charged.
According to the boy's aunt, Sharonda Reid, she found him to be in possession of a key to the gun's lockbox when she picked him up from the home. She reported that when she had asked him about the shooting that he had told her that he pointed the gun at his mother and she had instructed him to put the gun down.
She noted that he showed no emotion or remorse over the events and even physically attacked his 7-year-old cousin the same day.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Sharonda then drove him to his grandmother's house in order to meet with child welfare workers.
There, the boy was heard to tell his grandmother, "I'm really sorry for what happened," without any emotion. "I'm sorry for killing my mom." He then went on to ask is his package from Amazon had arrived yet.
Family disclosed that the boy had a history of disturbing behavior and had been in therapy for over a year for "rage issues."
When he was 4-years-old, he is alleged to have sung the family's puppy around by the tail until it howled in pain. Following this, Quiana re-homed the dog.
According to his grandmother, Lueritha Mann, he had struggled at school, "was bullied a lot," and two years ago, suffered a concussion when he fell off a swing striking the back of his head.
"So that just meshed with the mental illness and it just kind of spiraled and make him worse," Lueritha told The Daily Beast.
Six months ago, the boy allegedly filled a balloon with a flammable liquid and ignited it inside the home. The resulting fire burnt the carpet and furniture inside the living room before it was extinguished. When asked why he would do such a thing, the boy allegedly answered saying the "sisters" told him to do it.
His family explained that he heard voices that he attributed to two sisters, an old woman, and two "mean" men.
Due to his behavioral issues, Quiana had installed cameras throughout the home in order to monitor his behavior. Two weeks before the shooting the cameras were unplugged.
During an initial hearing on December 7, 2022, a request to lower his bail from $50,000 to $100, the amount he reportedly had within his piggybank, was denied. He remains in custody at a juvenile detention center. Each day, he reportedly calls home at 6:00 pm.
"We spoke to him recently," Lueritha said, "and he said that he wanted to write a letter to the judge and ask the judge if he could please put some type of monitor on him, some electrode on him so that he could come home. If he did, if he had bad thoughts or got ready to do anything bad that it would, it would shock him or electrocute him or something."
A GoFundMe account was established in order to assist with Quiana's funeral expenses. According to the fundraiser, "she worked in behavioral health services" and "had a love for God that shined so brightly it superseded any pain she may have experienced."