The mother who was allegedly shot dead by her 9-year-old son was reportedly worried that she was “raising the next serial killer,” according to a family member.
Pauline Randol, 51, was shot dead on May 6 at a home in Fawn River Township in Michigan. According to court records, she was shot with a rifle and her body was found in the living room, reported 24 Hour News 8.
Her young son, who has not been named due to his age, was charged with murder the following day. He is currently undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at a state-run juvenile facility, according to the news outlet.
Authorities have not released details about the circumstances of the killing.
Randol’s grieving daughter, Harley Martin, said her brother, who was adopted from Indiana about two years ago, came from a troubled situation where his biological mother was using drugs during her pregnancy. She added that the boy has a history of mental health problems and that her mother was worried that he would start hurting people.
“She had told her doctor one time she was so scared she was raising the next serial killer,” Martin told the news website.
But nobody expected the boy to hurt Randol.
Martin said although she has revealed her mother’s concerns, she wants people to know her brother is not a bad kid.
“He loved his mom. I don’t want people to think he did not love his mom,” Martin said.
She added that her brother is still confused about what’s is happening, even asking where his mother is.
“He doesn’t know what he did. He doesn’t understand what’s going on right now at all,” she added. “He doesn’t understand why he can’t come home or anything.”
Another daughter, Reagan Martin, told The Detroit News that her adopted brother is “a sweet, caring young man who needed help further than the help my mother gave him, and she tried.”
Reagan said her mother had been trying to get help for her brother but was having issues. She said her mother tried to reach out to Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services of St. Joseph County in Centreville, but their father’s insurance did not cover the appointments, reported the news website.
“She eventually got an appointment where she had to spend money out [of her] pocket, but that was supposed to be for Tuesday, and it was too late,” Reagan said.
Martin described her mother as “an amazing woman” who would “stop anything on a dime to help anybody,” reported 24 Hour News 8.
The boy’s attorney, T.J. Reed, told 24 Hour News 8 in a statement that they would not comment on the specifics of the care but warned people to not “pre-judge this child based on partial or unknown facts.”
“Based on the severity of the charges and the age of the accused it is important to keep focused of the future and long term impact these proceedings and charges may have on a child of this age,” the statement read.