Judge dismisses murder charge against boy

A judge has dismissed a murder charge against a 9-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting his mother in their Fawn River Township home earlier this year.

St. Joseph County Family Division Judge Dave Tomlinson made the ruling Friday. Under state law, the boy was presumed incompetent for trial because he’s not yet 10 years old.

WOOD-TV reports the third-grader hugged his father and cried after the ruling.

The boy was accused of the May 6 shooting at the family’s home.

Tomlinson criticized a state law that bars him from ordering help for the boy.

The boy allegedly shot and killed his adoptive mother, Pauline Randol.

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