‘Mental illness is real’: Family of 12-year-old boy shot, killed by mother seeks compassion

Chicago Crime

CHICAGO — The family of a 12-year-old boy shot and killed by his mother inside a South Chicago home over the weekend are heartbroken but hope the incident shines a light on mental health.

At around 10:30 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a home in the 8000 block of South Bennett Avenue on the report of a shooting.

Kaden Ingram, 12, was shot by his mother, later identified as Fallon Harris, 37, over a missing digital memory card, prosecutors allege. The boy later died at the hospital. 

Harris has been charged with first-degree murder.

Kaden’s family said the seventh grader loved video games, sports and the Cubs.

Family members said Harris was suffering from paranoia. Harris’ mother said they started noticing changes in her behavior over the last six to eight months.

“That was Fallon’s body that committed that horrible act,” Mia Harris said. “But it wasn’t Fallon’s mind or her heart that did it.”

She even met with her daughter’s co-workers at the city’s Department of Transportation Friday, the day before the shooting, because they were concerned for her wellbeing. But the family never thought Kaden was in danger.

Ingram’s father hopes the shooting can shed light on the importance of mental health.

“She needs help and people need to understand mental illness is real,” Lavell Ingram said.

Harris is being held without bond on murder charges.

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