The grandmother of an 11-year-old Oklahoma boy who shot her in the head after bringing home a poor report card said she forgives him and still loves him, according to news reports.
“You don’t bring someone in your house that you don’t care for. I’ve been having him for many years since he was two, and I love him very much,” said Annie Mougell-Walker, who along with husband Charles Walker, sat down with local radio station FOX23 to discuss the assault.
The 42-year-old woman was at her Tulsa apartment reading her grandson’s report card on May 12, when he reportedly walked into her bedroom, retrieved a .22-caliber handgun and shot her in the back of the head, authorities said. Mougell-Walker said she had been preparing to talk to him about the trouble he was getting into in school.
“He brought home some sort of progress report,” Officer Jillian Roberson told the New York Daily News. “She begins to read it and he clearly knows what it says, and it’s not in favor of him.”
Mougell-Walker was released from the hospital the same day, wearing a neck brace; the bullet is still lodged in her head. Mougell-Walker and her husband said they have an idea why their grandson committed the heinous act.
“He says he hears voices and the voices told him to do it, and that’s about the only thing that we know why,” she said.
Charles Walker said they found out about the youth’s mental problems a few weeks ago but did not have the resources to help him.
“I’m sorry it had to be this way and I’m sorry we didn’t have enough money to get him help before all of this happened,” he told FOX23.
The family said they are happy that he is finally in a place where he can get help.
The minor has been charged with shooting with intent to kill and is currently being held at a juvenile detention center