A 9-year-old Illinois kid has been accused of deliberately setting a home fire that killed 5 family members, including 3 kids.
The minor, whose identity is being kept by prosecutors because of his age, The boy was charged Tuesday, October 8 with five counts of first-degree homicide, two counts of arson and one count of exacerbated arson, Woodford County State’s Attorney Greg Minger confirmed to sources.
Prosecutors previously told that punishment is the “only outcome” that would occur if the kid is convicted, reported to the sources.
The April 6 blaze at the Timberline Mobile Home Park near Goodfield killed Jason Wall, 34, Kathryn Murray, 69, Daemeon Wall, 2, Rose Alwood, 2, and one-year-old Ariel Wall.
All of the victims died by smoke inhalation, the sources confirmed.
The mother of the kid, who was able to avoid the blaze but lost her 2 kids, her grandmother, and her niece, told sources her boy was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, type of schizophrenia and ADHD.
“Everyone is looking at him like he’s some kind of monster, but that’s not who he is,” his mother said. “People make blunders, and that’s what this is. Yes, it was a terrible tragedy, but it’s still not something to surrender his life away over.”
His mother added, “I did lose, you know, my family too. But I pardon him. I love him no matter what.”
His mother recalled the horrific time she heard her fiancé crying while confined inside the home.
“I don’t know what’s worse,” she said. “Hearing him scream, or when it stopped.”
Prosecutors said charging the kid was a “heavy decision” for officials. “It’s a tragedy, but at the end of the day it’s charging a very young character with one of the most serious offenses we have,” he said.
Prosecutors said the kid will be appointed a lawyer and have a hearing in front of a judge. If the boy is sentenced he will face at least five-years of probation.