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PICTURED: Nine-year-old ‘arsonist’ charged with first-degree murder in mobile home fire that killed five relatives, including three toddlers, as mother insists he’s NOT a monster and just made a mistake

  • April 6 trailer home fire near Peoria, Illinois, killed Ariel Wall, 1; Daemeon Wall and Rose Alwood, 2; Jason Wall, 34, and Kathryn Murray, 69
  • Wall’s fiancee, Katrina Alwood, 27, and her son Kyle, then aged eight, escaped
  • Alwood has now identified her son Kyle as the accused arsonist 
  • She told CBS This Morning the nine-year-old had been recently diagnosed with schizophrenia, ADHD and bipolar disorder  
  • Kyle was charged this week with five counts of first-degree murder, two counts of arson and one count of aggravated arson 
  • If convicted, Kyle could be placed on probation for at least five years but not beyond the age of 21, and will not be imprisoned 

The mother of a nine-year-old boy from Illinois who has been charged with murder in connection to a deadly arson fire that killed most of his immediate family has spoken out for the first time, saying that the child suffers from mental illness and is not a monster.

Katrina Alwood appeared on CBS This Morning on Thursday, two days after her sole surviving child, Kyle Alwood, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, two counts of arson and one count of aggravated arson, after allegedly intentionally setting his family’s mobile home ablaze in April.

The inferno near the village of Goodfield killed his two half-siblings, one-year-old Ariel and two-year-old Daemeon Wall; his cousin, Rose Alwood, aged two; Kyle’s stepfather, 34-year-old Jason Wall, and the children’s maternal great-grandmother, 69-year-old Kathryn Murray.

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