9-year-old boy charged with murder in Michigan

In this Monday, May 6, 2019 photo, St. Joseph County Sheriff deputies stand outside the site where a woman was fatally shot in Fawn River Township, Mich. (Corky Emrick/Sturgis Journal via AP)

9-Year-Old Michigan Boy Charged With Mother's Murder

May 08, 2019 - 4:08 pm

FAWN RIVER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WWJ/AP) - A 9-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his mother in their southern Michigan home, according to court records. 

The documents -- which state that the weapon used was a rifle -- show the child is also facing a felony firearm charge. It isn't clear if he is charged as an adult or a juvenile.

St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough told WWMT-TV that the victim's body was found early Monday morning on Plumb Road in Fawn River Township, east of Sturgis, and about about 160 miles west-southwest of Detroit, near the Indiana border. 

The victim was identified in court records as Pauline Randol. 

The young suspect was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at a state-run juvenile facility, according to the Associated Press.

Police and prosecutors have not released the circumstances of woman's death, or details as to how the child was identified as the alleged killer. 

Alecia Pieronski of Sturgis told WWMT that the boy threatened to stab her 8-year-old daughter to death in February last year. Pieronski said she told their elementary school principal but that nothing was done.

When contacted by The AP, Pieronski said she was not comfortable discussing the comments she made to the TV station.

Sturgis Public Schools Superintendent Arthur Ebert released a short statement to the media, but said nothing about the child or his circumstances.

"As a district it is our goal to provide support to our students, staff, and the community," Ebert said. "We are limited in what we can share due to privacy laws and the sensitive nature of this tragedy."

WWJ Newsradio 950 has calls out to authorities for more information.