A Michigan mom allegedly shot dead by her 9-year-old adopted son feared
she was raising “the next serial killer,” her family said.
Pauline Randol, 51, was shot dead in her Fawn River Township home
Monday and her young son, a second-grader, was charged with murder the following day.
Now a grieving daughter of the victim has revealed that her brother, who was adopted three years ago, had a history of mental health problems and “just recently started snapping,” terrifying their mother.
“She had told her doctor one time she was so scared she was raising the next serial killer,” Harley Martin told 24 Hour News 8
Another daughter told the Detroit News
that Randol had been desperately trying to get more mental health help for the boy.
“She eventually got an appointment … but that was supposed to be for Tuesday, and it was too late,” said Reagan Martin, 23.
“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.”
Martin called her adopted brother “a sweet, caring young man who needed help further than the help my mother gave him, and she tried.”
Harley Martin said her brother, who came from a troubled home, where his biological mother used drugs during pregnancy, “doesn’t know what he did.”
“He doesn’t understand why he can’t come home or anything,” she insisted. “He’s traumatized by what he saw in there.”
Despite revealing her mother’s warnings, Harley 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.”
She also insisted her mother “would do it all over again” and help him.
“I know she’s at peace. I know she still loves him and I know she would not want people thinking bad of him,” Martin told 24 Hour News 8.
The child is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at a state-run juvenile facility, according to St. Joseph County Sheriff Bradley Balk.
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