A 15-year-old boy has been apprehended and charged with murder by Texas police, who allege they have surveillance video of the teenager beating his own mother to death inside the family home.
According to local news, officials said they were called out to the house in McKinney, a Dallas-Forth Worth suburb, just before 1 a.m. on Sunday, January 3, by the boy's father. Upon arrival, they discovered the body of Stacy Ellen Barney, who was identified as the teen's mother.
Video reportedly captured the boy, who is not being named due to his age, beating Barney, which presumably led to his mother's demise. Police found the teen in the area after conducting a search, and promptly took him into custody where he now faces murder charges.
Barney is being reported by various outlets as being either 49 or 50 years old.
Photos on local news outlets of the house where the murder took place suggest that the family resides in an upscale neighborhood, with large, well-kept brick homes, wide driveways and green manicured lawns.
Details remain very scant about the unusual crime, and, true to that fact, police state that “this is an ongoing investigation." There is no known motive for the boy's actions at this time. Additionally, no neighbors or relatives have come forward as of yet with any suggestions or clues as to why the teenager decided to do as he did.
Nevertheless, officials will be working diligently to gain more insight into the mysterious and tragic circumstances that would cause a juvenile to want to kill his own mother... much less take matters into his hands and actually do such a thing.
The police department gave their sympathies to the family survivors in a statement on social media: “Our hearts go out to the victim’s family during this extremely difficult time."