A tragic incident has struck a Michigan family after Pauline Randol was found dead from a gunshot wound in her own home.
Her adopted 9-year-old son was charged with the horrific act shortly after, but details of the case remain scarce and have been coming out at a slow pace.
There has been some speculation over the incident, with some alleging that the boy might not be responsible after all, but this remains unconfirmed -- as are most details surrounding the situation.
Reports from people close to the mother do not point in that direction though.
According to a daughter of the woman, she had previously expressed fears that something might be wrong with the boy, going as far as to claim that she might be raising the next serial killer.
Harley Martin told local media: "I want people to know that he's not a bad kid. He loved his mom. I don't want people to think he did not love his mom. He doesn't know what he did. He doesn't understand what's going on right now at all. He doesn't understand why he can't come home or anything."
She added: "He's traumatized by what he saw in there. That's all he told my dad about was seeing that. It's going to mess him up for a really long time because he does not realize what he's done. She had told her doctor one time she was so scared she was raising the next serial killer."
The daughter concluded by: "She would do it all over again if she had to, and that's the messed up part. I know she's at peace. I know she still loves him, and I know she would not want people thinking bad of him."
However, the mother was doing her best to take care of the boy and provide him with the help he needed to recover. The first appointment was scheduled for a day after the murder occurred.
Relatives of the woman do not seem to be pointing any fingers at the young boy, however.
They have instead expressed disappointment in the mental health system for letting something like this slip through its cracks, and some have pointed out that this could have easily been prevented if the right professionals were paying attention to the situation as they should have.
In any case, investigations are still ongoing and more details might come to the surface in the next days, as the case is still in a very questionable state.
Do you think the mental health system was to blamed, yes or no?