Everything about this story screams mental health issue. The father who was separated from the mother was actually seeking custody of the child because he claimed the mother was mentally ill. No sane person pushes a child for 44 hours!
People don't get help because they are mentally ill. My husband and I were just talking about these problems last night. Do you know the average wait time to get into a mental health clinic ranges from 1 month to 6 months just to get in to a first appointment? Then because of so many abusing meds they often won't prescribe meds for at least 2 - 4 appointments! So it could take a year for a person to get medicated to help their issues.
Our country is so backwards! So many people claim that they want to raise awareness of mental illness, yet when someone does something horrible BECAUSE they are mentally ill everyone screams "death penalty" or "hang them". Studies have shown that at least half of the prison population is mentally ill. Yet our justice system does nothing more than shove pills down their throats.
This story is a sad one, but even sadder is this is just one of MANY cases like it. Family, friends, and courts need to do a better job at evaluating the mental health of people.