FAWN RIVER TOWNSHIP, MI – A mother was eager to get her adoptive son help due to the “scars” he had from his childhood. In fact, according to her family, she had set an appointment for Tuesday, after having a difficult time finding him mental health care. Unfortunately, authorities found Pauline Marie Randol, 51, dead in her home after being shot with a rifle.
Immediately, her son became the primary suspect. Then on Wednesday, based on the latest court records, police charged the boy with her murder. Furthermore, they charged with using a firearm during the commission of a felony. No word yet on whether authorities charged him as an adult or juvenile. Additionally, authorities have not yet revealed specific circumstances of the killing were.
Previous to the incident the boy was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at a state-operated juvenile facility.
Family members say the mother knew of the boy’s issues prior to being adopted. In fact, Randol had attempted several times to secure the boy help but their insurance wouldn’t cover it. Most recently she had tried to get him into Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services of St. Joseph County. Eventually, she paid out of pocket for the services but that appointment came too late.
Her daughter, 23-year-old Reagan Martin commented on the loss, “My mother’s death lays in the hands of people failing to educate in mental health issues and failing to listen when help is being begged for.” Martin called her adopted brother “a sweet, caring young man who needed help further than the help my mother gave him, and she tried.”