In Holmes County, Ohio, a 10-year-old boy has been arrested and indicted for slaying his 46-year-old mother.
Authorities say that it happened Sunday night, when the boy retrieved a .22-caliber rifle from his bedroom and fatally shot his mother, identified as Deborah McVay. His 15-year-old sister saw what was going on, and added that her brother went into his room, grabbed the weapon, loaded it, and opened fire with it at their mother.
The victim and her two kids resided only a few feet away from the victim’s mother’s trailer on Township Road 511, in the town of Big Prairie, just west of Millersberg. The victim’s mother (also known as the suspect’s grandmother) has been identified as Buelah Mike, who said that the incident took place in a “converted garage.”
“Although there is some decency in her little grandson, he is just not good enough,” according to Mike.
The young boy and the mother had engaged in a verbal confrontation Sunday evening regarding chores or tasks that he was told to do. One of those tasks included firewood that the boy was supposed to bring from the yard, but he did not seem to be satisfied with that task, according to the boy’s sister.
At some point after the shooting, the boy went over to a neighbor’s house, located across the street, and requested the neighbor to contact authorities, who declared that the boy “needed the squad, needed the cops, and that he just gunned down his mother.” With that said, it appeared that the boy intended to make a confession.
When emergency personnel arrived at the scene at approximately 6pm Sunday, they discovered Deborah McVay’s lifeless body lying face down on the floor in her living room. She was shot in the back of her head. It did not appear to be an accidental shooting case, nor did it appear as if any other suspects were involved, according to authorities.
Further, two loaded guns were discovered on the boy’s bed, according to authorities.
The victim was known as a friendly and warm woman, besides a brilliant mother, according to the victim’s oldest son, identified as Josh Mike, who also added that she used to operate her own home health care company that focuses on the care for the mentally unstable. She used to assist anyone who requested assistance. She will greatly be missed.
Josh also added that he pardoned his younger brother for the incident and he hopes that he returns home soon.
The 10-year-old boy is now sitting in the Richland County Juvenile detention facility. He has been indicted Monday for one count of murder, according to sources.
Although the boy is underage, The Daily Record has identified him as Joseph McVay.
Sources say that when the boy showed up in court Monday afternoon, he was issued a “denial” of the murder charge. The “denial” plea is equivalent to a “not guilty” plea.
It is anticipated that he will stay at the detention center as long as an appropriate less-restrictive placement is not secured, and that placement could be with a relative.
It was learned that the 10-year-old boy had received the two guns as a Christmas present. Then about a week later, he used one of them to kill his mother. This could have been thwarted with at least some common sense. People should never turn a gun into a Christmas gift for such young children and speculate that everything is going to be all right, according to The Stir.
Authorities have learned that the guns were given to the boy as gifts by his late grandfather. Hence, why would a grandfather lend such weapons to his underage grandson?
It was also learned by authorities that the boy had previously engaged in two instances of disruptive conduct, both in school as well as on the school bus.
Authorities say that the victim’s 15-year-old daughter is now with relatives.
This crime has been deemed as one of the most unusual crimes in this rural county, according to the prosecutor. It had shocked many residents there.
Further information about this case is pending.