Bail should be amount in piggy bank for 10-year-old who allegedly killed mum

An attorney has argued that a 10-year-old boy accused of killing his mum should have his bail lowered to the $100 (£82) he has saved in his piggy bank.

The child from the US state of Wisconsin is facing alternate counts of first-degree intentional homicide or first-degree reckless homicide after he allegedly shot his mother after she refused to buy him a virtual reality headset.

He appeared in court for the first time on Wednesday (December 15) and sat silently with his head down while his attorney Angela Cunningham asked that his bail be lowered from $50,000 (£41,000) as he had no source of income.

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She said: "We have spoken to him about his ability to post anything. He told us about piggy banks with savings that he had from gifts, from birthday gifts. And scavenging through cushions in the couch that he's been able to save up."

The request was rejected by Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Jane Carroll, who also imposed travel restrictions on the boy should he post bail.

Prosecutor Paul Dedinsky asked Carroll to instruct that the boy, that should he be released, he must go into the custody of a family member.

But, because the child is being charged as an adult, Cunningham declared it would be "unheard of" to require a defendant in adult court to stay in the custody of a family member on pretrial release.

Carroll appeared to agree with the attorney but added that the boy would be tracked by a GPS monitoring device were he to be released from juvenile detention, where he is currently being held.

Family members have revealed that the 10-year-old has struggled with significant psychological issues.

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During the November 21 incident, he allegedly shot his mum in the face because she would not buy him an Oculus virtual reality headset from Amazon.

Following her death, meanwhile, it has been reported that he gained access to the account and bought the item.

Carroll determined that the boy must not be shackled or subjected to any other form of restraints.

Media outlets were also told that they could not publish personal details about the boy, including his home address and any pictures.

His next hearing in court has been scheduled for January 19.

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