A boy of 10 accused of shooting dead his mother may have argued with her about carrying firewood into the house.
Deborah McVay (46) was found dead in her living room from a single gunshot wound to the head on Sunday in Big Prairie, Ohio.
“There may have been an argument over whether he should bring firewood into the house and possibly it escalated from there,” said sheriff's deputy Nathan Fritz.
Four weapons were found in the boy's bedroom. On his bed were the .22 calibre rifle believed to have killed his mother and a 12-gauge shotgun. On a gun rack mounted to the wall hung two more .22 rifles.
Family members have told |authorities that the guns were a present from the boy's late grandfather.
Police were called to the house, in rolling farmland, after a neighbour called to say the boy had come to her home and said he had just shot his mother.
“I'm her neighbour. I'm over here. She's bleeding from her head,” the neighbour told an |operator.
When she was asked “Is she breathing?” the neighbour answered, “No, she's bleeding.”