A nine-year-old boy has been charged with five counts of murder after he burned down his family’s mobile home, resulting. The mother of the child defended the boy’s actions which resulted in the death of her immediate family, including three toddlers. She argued her son suffers from mental illnesses. He has always been fascinated by fire and light, according to the mother.
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Katrina Alwood, the mother of nine-year-old Kyle Alwood, appeared on CBS News over the weekend to clarify that her son is not a monster he is being portrayed to be.
“Everyone is looking at him like he’s some kind of monster, but that’s not who he is,” Katrina said. “People make mistakes, and that’s what this is. Yes, it was a horrible tragedy, but it’s still not something to throw his life away over.”
Katrina claims her son suffers from various mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and ADHD. The fire took place on April 6 at their Illinois mobile home. Five victims, Ariel Wall, 1; Daemeon Wall and Rose Alwood, 2; Jason Wall, 34, and Kathryn Murray, 69, all died from smoke inhalation, the Daily Mail reported.
Katrina recalled the heartbreaking moment she stood at the outside window of the ingulfed mobile home.
“Mommy was right here and I loved them. You know, so, at least hopefully they heard that. I told Jason I loved him… And then something told me that they’re gone.”
The 27-year-old mother also recalled her fiance’s screams, which she claimed still haunt her to this day.
Katrina is hoping the judge will take into account Kyle’s various mental health issues when dealing with him. “I forgive him. I love him no matter what.”
Katrina’s sister, Samantha, whose one-year-old daughter died in the blaze, has a completely different outlook on the possible outcome: She wants to see him in juvenile detention and then jail once he reaches 18.
“Because at the end of the day, whether he meant to or not, he knew what fire did.” Kyle was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, two counts of arson and one count of aggravated arson.
The young boy is due in court on October 21, and he has been staying with relatives in an undisclosed location due to death threats.
If found guilty, Kyle would not face imprisonment. He would face five years of probation and would receive counseling.