The fact that this tragedy happened when he was just 8 years old is so crazy. Even if he an history of playing with fire, shouldn't that have properly been dealt with? CPS performed several visits to the home, why did the mother never mentioned the issue? This is neglect, he should've received help and I hope he's receiving it now.
I'm still not super convinced by the way this story was told and some details.
How old is he now? His childhood is gone forever. Poor kid.
It took many months in the investigation before Kyle was held responsible and charged for murder. And now, two family members, after almost three years are willing to report his three previous fire incidences, the first dating back when he was only five years old.
Since this is "new evidence" turned over to the Court, it is also evident that Kyle never received any help over the years for fire-starting because it appears that there is no record of CPS having this information. LE would have checked CPS records.
I suspect that LE finally zeroed in on Kyle, who admitted to starting the fire, despite his mom telling him to never admit it. I think it is obvious that his confession alone led to him being charged, and now LE have a background of him lighting fires, which bolsters their case.
With this new evidence, and the fact that he was charged before this evidence, I believe that Kyle was responsible for starting the fire. There is no question that Kyle was too young to fully realize how his actions would be catastrophic. I believe he does have significant mental problems and never got the help he needed from a young age. Obviously family members were reluctant to admit that he was a fire-starter, and I can understand how they were trying to protect him back then. But the facts are he has an arson problem, and there is no evidence (or logic) that his mom had any motive to kill her family and blame it on him.
He must be doing well in the custody of his grandparents with the help he needed and is now hopefully getting. Kudos to his grandparents who took custody of him immediately after he was charged with murder.
"She said Kyle, who has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder, two counts of arson and one count of aggravated arson, was recently diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and ADHD."
The mother of a nine-year-old boy charged with murder over a fire that killed five members of their family says her son is "not a monster". Katrina Alwood named her son Kyle during an appearance on CBS This Morning, which she used to call on judges to show leniency because the child has mental...
Mother of 9-year-old charged with starting fire that killed 5 family members says he ‘has a good heart’