A boy of ten has been accused of shooting dead his mother at their home in Ohio.
Deborah McVay, 46, was found dead with a single gunshot wound to the head on Sunday.
Police were called to the house after a neighbour called them to say her son Joseph had gone to her home and said he had just shot his mother.
Another son, 21-year-old Josh Mike, said his mother was “a very loving lady” who ran her own home healthcare business and served the mentally disabled. He would not comment on the allegations against his brother.
Police said Mrs McVay also had a 15-year-old daughter who is staying with relatives. It is unclear whether she witnessed the shooting.
Joseph McVay was being held in juvenile custody after appearing in court to plead not guilty to the shooting.