Okay, so I’ve posted here about my mentally ill step brother before. TW domestic abuse/severe mental illness.

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Bro attacked step mom again on saturday. Again, he choked her and bit her as well. She called the police and they essentially did nothing. Bro left the house with his laptop and phone, probably because there is stuff on there that he doesn’t want anyone to see. If you remember, this is the same young man who has called himself a nazi. She intended to press charges.

This story is really long, complicated, and horrible. Basically, step mom would need to drive 30 miles to go before a judge to get a restraining order. On top of that, if the police don’t file the forms to get a warrant out for his arrest by 2:00 this afternoon (48 hours after the attack) the assault will basically disappear. He was picked up on another island and treated for dehydration (8 hour walk) but not assessed for mental illness. He was released. So step mom is at the mercy of police officers who told her to take her son back because it was “the lord’s day” and “mother’s day.”

The community where my family lives will not bar him from returning unless there is a warrant out for his arrest. He can come back any time.

Bro has been through so many psych evals that he has learned to get through them no problem. So even if step mom gets the right paperwork filled out to get him assessed in an ER (even though we have no idea where he is) it will probably come to nothing. The only way he will be committed is if he fails an eval.

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So bro is on the loose. Step mom is wondering if she will be another headline, and frankly I’ve been concerned about that for a year. I am scared for my grandmother and quite selfishly scared for myself. I am wondering what to do - do we call the news? The FBI? An attorney? There is no recourse. If the warrant is not issued there will be nothing left to do but wait. And the police have said that basically since he hasn’t killed anyone they can’t do anything.

This state has no mental health resources. This state allows women to be beaten. This state reminds victims to love their abusers on Sundays. This state doesn’t even have judges working on Sundays. If we are all murdered it will be because this state has done nothing to prevent it. If bro goes on a rampage, finds a gun, commits a mass shooting - that will be the fault of this country. We have tried again and again to get him help.

When I am down here I sleep with my door locked and with a chair under the doorknob. I place items on the window sills so I will hear them fall if the window is opened.

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I really don’t know what to do. I’m sorry to be taking up your time with this. If you have any idea what to do I’d love to hear it. Thanks for listening GT.