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Mother of Brooklyn Child Kιller Says System Failed Her Schizophrenic Son

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By Andrew Scot Bolsinger

The criminal justice system is to blame for the actions of a Brooklyn man accused of stαbbing two children—one fatally — according to the assailant’s mother and sister.

Photo Credit: New York Daily News

Photo Credit: New York Daily News

Marie Bauzile said the state’s unwillingness to treat her son’s mental illness during his previous incarceration caused his viοlence to become to deαdly, in an interview with the New York Daily News on Sunday.

“Jail is not the answer,” Bauzile, 60, told the Daily News from her South Ozone Park, Queens, home on Sunday. “If people have a mental problem, it’s not jail. It’s not the answer.”

Bauzile’s son, Daniel St. Hubert’s grizzly attαck of a six-year-old boy and a seven-year-old girl shocked the country last week. He had previously served five years for viοlently attαcking Bauzile, she said.

St. Hubert, 27, was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia while serving time for trying to strαngle Bauzile with an electrical cord in 2009. His sister, Judith Perry, has said he was given no meds or psychiatric referrals when he was released from the upstate Clinton Correctional Facility on May 23, according to the Daily News.

Just nine days after his release, St. Hubert, allegedly kιlled the two children while they played. He was arrested on June 4, following a three-day statewide search.

“They should not blame my brother,” said Perry, 29. “The family should blame the system.”

Court records show a pattern of mental illness issues while St. Hubert was in custody, according to the Daily News. He was committed to the mental health facilities three times. Bauzile and Perry said St. Hubert did not receive mental health treatment until he tried to strαngle a Department of Correction officer in March 2010.

“It took that long,” said Bauzile, tears streaming down her face as she held a black-and-white portrait of her son taken when he was an actor. “If he’s sick, it’s not his fault.”

She added, “I forgive him for what he did to me because it’s not something he can control.”

Bauzile said she could not visit her son — who was moved from Rikers Island to Bellevue Hospital for an evaluation — due to an order of protection.

The boy, Joshua Avitto dιed in the attack. The girl sυrvived.

Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com and can be followed @CriminalUniv on Twitter.

5 Comments

  1. Bj

    June 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Yes it is societies fault and yours !!!

    The family should have done more to get medical help for their son and brother !!!!!!!1

    Two children are the innocent victims !!

    We must try to find help for our family and friends if they slip thru the crack from the system !!

    It is not enough to say it’s the systems fault !!

  2. ROBERT L RANKINS

    June 9, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    As horrendous as this crime was,i feel the same way that the mother of the assailant feels.The mental or lack of mental stability of that man should have been examined much more thoroughly.I said the same thing with regards to this situation.The system failed this young man terribly.I feel very sorry for both families.Both families will suffer for the rest of their lives.It is easy to blame or point fingers but an awful tragedy has occurred.May GOD bless both those families.

  3. Matild

    June 9, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I do not place blame on the prison system. If they are to blame then so is his family. You only had to deal with your son/brother. The prison system had to deal with hundreds if not more. Every single. day. If you know your family member has a history of mental illness, do something. Don’t just throw him into society to murder innocent people.

  4. Matilda

    June 9, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Not to mention he shaved his head to avoid getting caught. The sketch shows him with facial hair and a full head of hair. That’s why he is not going to get around this crime. It’s calculated.

  5. Cindie

    June 10, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Matild, you have no clue how the “mental health treatment system” works in this country. No one can “force” a mentally ill adult into treatment, because that is a violation of their civil rights. The system is “reactive” as opposed to “proactive.” Just because a mentally ill person “might” be dangerous doesn’t mean they can be locked up. Tragedies have to occur before the systems designed to help people can do their job.

    This mother is correct…..it was not her, but the system. I work in mental health…I know.

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