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Mom of 8-Year-Old Says He's a Good Boy

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She discusses the case publicly for the first time to Diane Sawyer.

The mother of an 8-year-old accused of murdering his father and another Arizona man said that her son is a good boy who had no problems with his dad.

"He had a very good relationship with his father. ...You know, they did everything together. He loved his dad," Eryn Bloomfield, who shared custody of the boy with her ex-husband, said in an exclusive interview with "Good Morning America."

The child faces murder charges in the Nov. 5 shooting deaths of his father, Vincent Romero, 29, and Timothy Romans, 39, who was renting a room in the family's two-story home in St. Johns, Ariz. The boy was living with his father and stepmother.

Bloomfield is allowed to visit him for a half-hour each day and two days a week they are allowed physical visits. "We sit in a room and he will come and sit on my lap pretty much the whole time, just hold on to me in that half-hour I get," Bloomfield said. During the other visits, she speaks to her son through a pane of glass.

The boy will be released from the detention center for 48 hours to spend Thanksgiving with his mother. Bloomfield said he has already picked out a movie to watch, "Kung Fu Panda."

Bloomfield said she wants those hours to be as normal as possible for her frightened son. "I tell him every day that I love him," she said. "And I don't know how much more I can express that, but I definitely plan on doing that, just to let him know I'm here for him and how much I do love him."

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redmum November 25, 2008, 12:27 PM

My heart goes out to Eyrn and I hope she can find as much comfort for herself and her son in what must be an appalling time.

Teri November 26, 2008, 12:24 PM

I have a hard time beleving that he did this. As a mother of an 8 year old myself, I know how easily they can be led.

Mel November 28, 2008, 3:05 PM

As a person who was hit a lot as a child, my heart bleeds for this little boy. From the outside my family looked all-American…it looked like I was close to my parents. Truth was, I was too scared of being punished not to act the way I was suppose to. Plus, as a child you do love your parents, even with the abuse. I can believe he did it; think about being hit 1000 times. And that was after he began keeping track; I’m sure there were many more before that. If he was capable of murder it is because of the violence inflicted upon him. The fact that his own grandmother saw this coming says a lot. What people should learn from this is that you need to step in when you see abuse…even if you just suspect it. If someone had, this could have been avoided. I blame the adults all the way around. An 8 year-old needs help, not court & punishment. Hopefully, that will eventually be the outcome.

Mel November 28, 2008, 3:14 PM

If this had been a woman who had been hit 1000 times and finally lost it and shot her abuser, it’d probably be considered self-defense, and Battered Woman Syndrome would apply. What about battered child syndrome? If an adult can crack from continued abuse, why can’t a child?

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