WAUKESHA, Wis. – Darrell Brooks’ mom broke her silence Wednesday in a letter to the media, blaming the tragedy on a scarcity of psychological well being companies for her son, in keeping with a press report.
Brooks was dwelling together with his mother, Daybreak Woods, 62, when he plowed his purple Ford Escape into an annual Christmas parade Nov. 21, killing six folks and injuring greater than 60, in keeping with courtroom information.
“We are not making excuses, but we believe what has happened is because he was not given the help and resources he needed,” Woods wrote within the letter, CBS58 reported.
Brooks, 39, suffered from psychological sickness and was on medicine since he was baby, in keeping with the letter and courtroom papers.
“Institutions that are equipped and have trained staff is what was needed as well as resources in the communities where people who suffer with mental illness live,” the letter says. “Jail is not the answer, because they get released back in society sicker than what they were when they entered. We all see what a tragedy that can turn out to be.”
Her son, a profession prison, has a sprawling rap sheet with greater than two dozen arrests spanning Georgia, Wisconsin and Nevada.
In a extensively criticized transfer, a junior Milwaukee prosecutor requested $1,000 money bail after he was busted for allegedly operating over his ex-girlfriend together with his SUV, leaving a tire mark on her left leg. Woods posted her son’s bail on Nov. 5, and 16 days later he allegedly used the identical automobile to commit the horrific assault on vacation revelers.
Milwaukee District Lawyer John Chisholm referred to as the bail “inappropriately low” and launched an inner investigation into the choice.
“We as a society must take mental illness seriously by fixing a broken system or suffer the consequences, sad as it is to say what happened in Waukesha will keep happening all over this country, in one form or another with more innocent lives lost and grieving families and communities,” Daybreak wrote.
Brooks’ mother supplied her condolences to the victims and the Waukesha group.
“What was meant to be a joyous day became a day of tragedy and heartache — a day that we wish with all our heart would have never happened,” the letter says.
She added that Brooks got here from a “loving Christian family” and is the grandson of ministers.
The difficulty started when as an grownup it was decided that he now not suffered from psychological sickness and his therapy was terminated, in keeping with Woods.
“Instead of offering help and resources to combat the problem, a jail cell was given over and over again,” she wrote.