A Chicago woman upset a memory card she had in her vehicle was missing allegedly fatally shot her 12-year-old son after he said he didn’t know where it was, prosecutors said.
On Sept. 12 just after 10 a.m., Fallon Harris, 37, demanded Kaden Ingram turn over the Secure Digital memory card, a surveillance video audio recording allegedly shows, WBBM-TV reported, citing a Cook County State’s Attorney’s office proffer.
When the boy told his mother that he didn’t have the card, she allegedly shot him, prosecutors said.
A video of the incident then captured Harris answering her phone before returning to the boy and again demanding the memory card. When the crying child again told his mother he didn’t where her memory card was, she allegedly shot him a second time, prosecutors said.
Harris allegedly told family over the phone she gunned down her son over the memory card, and they called police and Harris’s estranged husband, Lavell Ingram.
Responding officers found the child on the kitchen floor and Harris said she shot him and gave them her gun, prosecutors said, noting she owned two firearms and had a concealed carry license.
Prosecutors said the mother had taken the memory card from her car the evening before the shooting, and family claimed she had displayed paranoid behavior in the past, according to WBBM-TV.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported Harris, at her family’s urging, had met with a therapist for the first time one day before the shooting.
"We didn’t know that this was going to transpire,” said the murder suspect’s estranged husband, Lavell Ingram. “We had told her to get help. I guess it finally reached its boiling point.”
The grieving father noted his son was a fan of professional wrestling, anime, video games and history. “I’m losing a young god. I’m losing a young genius. I’m losing everything I had in this world. Everything.”
He added he doesn’t think Harris “understands what happened” because of her alleged detachment from reality.
A judge ordered Harris to undergo a health care evaluation, and she was being held without bond on a first-degree murder charge. She faces up to a life sentence if convicted.