updated 4/26/2011 4:42:48 PM ET 2011-04-26T20:42:48

A 12-year-old Ohio boy has been charged with murder in juvenile court, days after telling a police dispatcher he shot his mother's boyfriend because the man threatened him.

A complaint filed Tuesday alleges the boy used a .22-caliber revolver to shoot the man Saturday in Delaware County in central Ohio.

The boy called police and calmly told a dispatcher about the shooting. His mother then took the phone and said between screams and sobs that she and her son had been threatened with a gun.

The Delaware Gazette reports a defense attorney said in court that the child doesn't have a history of violent behavior.

Defense attorney Michael Cox declined to comment to The Associated Press on Tuesday.

A judge has ruled to keep the boy in detention.

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