(BIG PRAIRIE, Ohio) -- An argument over a boy's firewood chore is believed to have triggered a 10-year-old Ohio boy to shoot and kill his mother, police indicated Tuesday.
"Apparently there was a verbal argument about the mother wanting the boy to bring firewood into the house, which may have had a bearing on what happened," Holmes County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Nathan Fritz told ABC News.
Deborah McVay, 46, was found dead of a single gunshot wound to the head Sunday night in the family's home -- an apartment converted from a two-car garage -- in the tiny town of Big Prairie. McVay lived in the three bedroom home with her two children, a 15-year-old daughter and the 10-year-old boy.
The boy appeared at his court hearing Monday wearing handcuffs, shackles and an overcoat. His lawyer entered the equivalent of a not guilty plea to the juvenile delinquency charge of murder.
The boy is expected to request a release to attend his mother's funeral, which is expected soon, authorities said.
Police went to the family's house Sunday night after a neighbor called police to say the 10-year-old told them "he needed the squad and the police and that he had just shot his mom," according to Holmes County Sheriff Tim Zimmerly.
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