A MUM allegedly shot dead by her nine-year-old adopted son feared "she was raising the next serial killer", her family claim.
Pauline Randol, 51, was fatally shot with a rifle at her home in Fawn River Township, Michigan, on Monday.
Her daughters said she warned a doctor about the boy and said she was "scared" of his behaviour.
US officials say her adopted son is responsible for her death and charged the second-grade schoolboy with murder.
Ms Randol’s grieving daughter Harley Martin said the boy was adopted three years ago and had a history of mental problems that worried her mother.
She told 24 Hour News 8: “She had told her doctor one time she was so scared she was raising the next serial killer.”
MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
Another daughter, Reagan Martin, 23, told the Detroit News her mother tried to get more mental help for the boy.
She said: “She eventually got an appointment … but that was supposed to be for Tuesday, and it was too late.
“My mother’s death lays in the hands of people failing to educate in mental issues and failing to listen when helped is being begged for.”
The young boy was “a sweet, caring young man who needed help further than the help my mother gave him, and she tried.”
Despite the adopted boy being charged with murder, Harley Martin defended her young brother, who came from a broken home.
She said: “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.”
Her mother would “do it all over again” to help him, she added.
'THREATENED TO KILL'
The boy is being held at a state-run juvenile facility, where he is undergoing psychiatric evaluation.
Local media claim the boy previously threatened to kill an eight-year-old girl who lived nearby.
The girl's mother, Alecia Pieronski, said: "He told her that he wanted to get a knife and stab her and watch her die, and watch her mother cry."
The boy has been charged with one count of open murder and one count of felony firearm.
Neighbours told Fox17 they heard screaming coming from the family's home minutes before cops arrived at the scene on Monday afternoon.
Local resident Joseph Lancaster said: "My wife and I both, when we heard that the woman was shot, we both looked at each other and said ‘I bet it was him.'
“The little boy, because I have grandkids. I have one the same age and I’ve got smaller ones.
"And he would stand in the tree line over there and point his BB gun at him and shoot at them.”
St. Joseph County Sheriff Bradley said the child suspect is also undergoing psychiatric evaluations.
Sturgis Public Schools Superintendent Arthur Ebert said: "Our community has experienced a tragic event.
"We are limited in what we can share due to privacy laws and the sensitive nature of this tragedy."
Some of the boy's family rushed to defend him.
Ms Randol reportedly raised concerns about the mental health of the boy – who she adopted two years ago.
Distraught sister Harley added: "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."
In a statement to WOOD-TV, the boy’s attorney, T.J. Reed, said it is “important to allow this case to properly move through the legal process and not to pre-judge this child based on partial or unknown facts.”
He added: “Based on the severity of the charges and the age of the accused it is important to keep focused of the future and long term impact these proceedings and charges may have on a child of this age.”
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