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10-Year-Old Faces Charges In Mom's Shooting

MILLERSBURG, Ohio (AP) - A 10-year-old boy was charged as a juvenile with murder in the fatal shooting of his mother after authorities said he told a neighbor about the killing.

 

The boy appeared Monday in a Holmes County courtroom with his attorney, who entered the juvenile equivalent of a not guilty plea. A judge ordered that the boy remain in Richland County Juvenile Detention as authorities investigate the shooting.

Deborah McVay, 46, was found dead of a single gunshot wound to the head Sunday night in Big Prairie, located about midway between Cleveland and Columbus, Holmes County Sheriff Tim Zimmerly said. Paramedics found McVay lying facedown on her living room floor, and she was pronounced dead at the scene, Zimmerly said.

Authorities went to the house, in rolling farmland, after a neighbor called a sheriff's dispatcher to say McVay's son had come to her home and said he had just shot his mother.

"I'm her neighbor. I'm over here. She's bleeding from her head," the neighbor tells a dispatcher. When the dispatcher asks "Is she breathing?" the neighbor answers, "no, she's bleeding."

"The neighbors came over and got me and said the mom got shot in the head," the neighbor says.

Another neighbor who knew the boy said Monday that the allegations were shocking. Ron Martin, 43, said the boy occasionally visited Martin's family to swim in its pool.

"He wasn't a bad kid, but he has had some problems in the school," Martin said, though, "never anything that you would have dreamed that he would go out and shoot his mother."

County Prosecutor Steve Knowling said authorities do not plan to prosecute the boy as an adult. Defense attorney Andrew Hyde said he plans to argue for the boy's release so he can stay with a family member.

Hyde said he did not have the facts of the case, including any information on whether the shooting may have been accidental, and that he couldn't comment further.

Outside McVay's home on Monday, another son, 21-year-old Josh Mike, described her as "a very loving lady" who ran her own home health care business and served the mentally disabled. Mike would not comment on the allegations against his brother.

The sheriff said McVay has a 15-year-old daughter who is staying with relatives. It is unclear whether she witnessed the shooting. It's also unclear whether McVay is married.

From the bottom of the driveway, the hilltop property appeared to contain a mobile home next to a multi-car garage, but Martin, the neighbor, said the garage had been converted to a living space. He said he had not heard any gunshots but that it would not have been unusual in the area, where hunters often practice.

Knowling said that in more than two decades working in the legal system in the county, he has not seen a similar case.

"We don't have homicides here, period," he said. "I've got nothing to compare it to."

McVay's body was transported to the Stark County Coroner's office for an autopsy. Results were expected on Tuesday.

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