Boy who shot mom for refusing Amazon purchase spoke of ‘little girls’ inside his head, grandma says
The 10-year-old Milwaukee boy who allegedly shot his mom over a virtual reality headset had “two little girls” inside his head who told him to do things, his grieving grandmother said — as she begged for mercy for her sick grandson.
“He’s always said that he hears voices,” Lueritha Mann told The Daily Beast on Thursday.
“There’s two little girls inside his head telling him to do things. And he has an imaginary friend that will tell him to do really bad things.”
The boy also had difficulty sleeping and would complain about the voices being especially intense in the early morning, Mann added.
He also struggled in school.
“He said that his thoughts and everything starts generating at 5 or 6 in the morning,” Mann told the outlet. “Sometimes four o’clock.
“He tried to do the right thing , but he couldn’t do it right. And he was bullied a lot, really bad.”
The juvenile, whose name is being withheld because of his age, allegedly shot his mom, Quiana Mann, in the face on Nov. 21 after she wouldn’t buy him an Oculus Virtual Reality headset.
He then allegedly logged onto her Amazon account to purchase the gadget.
He was charged as an adult last week with first-degree reckless homicide and is being held at the county’s juvenile detention facility on $50,000 bail.
The distraught grandmother said her grandson would call the little girls in his head “sisters.”
She described an incident six months ago when her grandson filled a balloon with flammable liquid and set it aflame, causing a fire to spread in the living room.
Afterwards, he blamed the “sisters” in his head — but then described one of the girls as an elderly woman and the other as an unpleasant man.
The grandmother also recalled how he used to swing his puppy around by the tail.
Mann attributed some of her grandson’s struggles to a concussion he suffered two years ago when he fell off a swing.
“So that just meshed with the mental illness and it just kind of spiraled and made him worse,” she remembered.
“It was bad. Sometimes he would have these episodes where he was just kind of mean to [his mother],” she continued.
“He didn’t pick up on a lot of things. He talks intelligent, but he doesn’t understand a lot of things. And he would cry a lot.”
The boy now keeps telling his family he is still on Santa’s list this Christmas, Mann told the Daily Beast.
“He said Santa’s bringing him some things for Christmas,” she said.
“He said yesterday, ‘Can we go to the house and decorate it for Christmas? Put up the Christmas tree and decorate the outside of the house?’” she added.
Mann also revealed her daughter was taking the boy to a therapist, who confirmed the severity of his illness. She also got daily reports from school about his behavior in class.
“We tried helping her with him,” Mann added.
“All of us, everybody that knows her, even her church people. We all tried helping her with him because we knew he had a mental illness.”
She said her daughter loved being a mom, sang in a gospel choir and was within three credits of a master’s degree.
“She loved being a mom,” Mann said of her daughter.
“His birthday parties were fabulous. The table is set up so beautiful. The balloons, The gifts. The cake.”
Quiana Mann and her son even traveled to Disneyland last Christmas, and spent part of June in New York.
In early November, they jetted to Puerto Rico, returning shortly before the shooting.
But despite his mother’s efforts to give him a happy life, the grandmother said her grandson was never really satisfied unless he was “getting something.”
She said he would sometimes steal his mother’s credit card to make online purchases.
Police are now saying it was the mom’s refusal to buy her son an Occulus headset that lead to the tragic shooting.
Investigators say the boy had unlocked the gun box in his mother’s bedroom and went to the basement, where she was doing laundry.
Despite initially claiming that he was “twirling the gun around” and it accidentally went off, he later admitted to his maternal aunt, Sharhonda Reid, that he assumed a “‘shooting stance’” and aimed the gun at his mom.
Quiana Mann’s last words were reportedly, “Why do you have that? Put that down.”
She was fatally shot in the face approximately three feet away from her, according to detectives.
Immediately after the killing, computer records show the boy accessed his mother’s Amazon account and purchased the headset.
Before the boy told allegedly confessed to his aunt, and the shooting was still being treated as an accident, Reid took her nephew to see his grandmother.
“Upon arrival, when [the boy] saw his grandmother crying, he stated without any empathy or compassion: ‘I’m really sorry for what happened. I’m sorry for killing my mom,’” the criminal complaint says.
“After apologizing for killing his mother, asked if his Amazon package arrived.”
The boy later altered his story and the family called the police.
Despite her grief, Mann is certain that her daughter would not want her son prosecuted as an adult.
“They decided, ‘We’re just gonna throw the book at him,” she said of the district attorney. “[Quiana] would want us to do everything that we could to help him.”
Quiana Mann’s funeral is scheduled for Friday. In lieu of black, mourners are asked to wear pink, which was her favorite color.
The boy is due back in court on Dec. 7.
In the meantime, Lueritha said, the family will be preparing for Christmas, just like he asked.
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