WAUKESHA, Wis. – Darrell Brooks’ mom broke her silence Wednesday in a letter to the media, blaming the tragedy on an absence of psychological well being providers for her son, based on a press report.
Brooks was dwelling together with his mother, Daybreak Woods, 62, when he plowed his crimson Ford Escape into an annual Christmas parade Nov. 21, killing six individuals and injuring greater than 60, based on court docket data.
“We do not make excuses, however we imagine what has occurred is as a result of he was not given the assistance and sources he wanted,” Woods wrote within the letter, CBS58 reported.
Brooks, 39, suffered from psychological sickness and was on medicine since he was little one, based on the letter and court docket papers.
“Establishments which can be geared up and have skilled workers is what was wanted in addition to sources within the communities the place individuals who undergo with psychological sickness dwell,” the letter says. “Jail isn’t the reply, as a result of they get launched again in society sicker than what they had been after they entered. All of us see what a tragedy that may turn into.”
Her son, a profession prison, has a sprawling rap sheet with greater than two dozen arrests spanning Georgia, Wisconsin and Nevada.
In a broadly 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 car 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 should take psychological sickness critically by fixing a damaged system or undergo the implications, unhappy as it’s to say what occurred in Waukesha will hold occurring throughout this nation, in a single type or one other with extra harmless lives misplaced and grieving households and communities,” Daybreak wrote.
Brooks’ mother provided her condolences to the victims and the Waukesha group.
“What was meant to be a joyous day turned a day of tragedy and heartache — a day that we want with all our coronary heart would have by no means occurred,” the letter says.
She added that Brooks got here from a “loving Christian household” 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, based on Woods.
“As a substitute of providing assist and sources to fight the issue, a jail cell was given over and over,” she wrote.