The ex-girlfriend and mother of one of Darrell Brooks’ three children said she is deeply horrified by his ‘monstrous acts’
Waukesha Christmas parade killer Darrell Brooks says he feels ‘dehumanized’ and ‘demonized’ behind bars as his ex-girlfriend speaks out in the aftermath of the attack, saying she is deeply horrified by his ‘monstrous acts.’
Speaking from the Waukesha County Jail on Wednesday, Brooks said even his own mother hasn’t paid him a visit since he was jailed November 21 for allegedly plowing through a crowd during a Christmas parade, killing six and injuring 60 others.
‘I just feel like I’m being… demonized,’ the 39-year-old told Fox News, after his bond was set at $5million by a judge.
He also told the outlet he felt ‘dehumanized’ by the process.
His ex-girlfriend offered little sympathy to Brooks, who she shares a teenage son with, after he struck down dozens of people with his red Ford SUV.
‘It was a monstrous act and it’s completely irredeemable,’ the woman told Fox News. ‘I’m mortified and devastated and have lost sleep for days over this. Obviously, I wish it did not happen.’
The woman said her son, who has not seen his father in more than a year, also felt heartbroken by the senseless attack.
She claimed that Brooks had a history of mental health issues and was on medication, and that her son only had irregular contact with him for the last decade.
‘He’s always been in and out of jail — he hasn’t been present,’ she said. ‘I raised my son without him.’ The network reported she has a ‘successful career’ but did not specify what industry she worked at.
According to court papers obtained by FOX, Brooks owns his former partner $41,000 in back child support, but the woman says the $151 monthly payment Brooks is supposed to pay ‘isn’t going to make or break us.’
Brooks, who faces life in prison if convicted, is currently being held on $5 million bail in a jail in Wisconsin. The Christmas parade tragedy is the latest in a series of violent crimes he is tied to going back 22 years and spanning across numerous states.
‘It was a monstrous act and it’s completely irredeemable,’ Brooks’ ex-girlfriend said. ‘I’m mortified and devastated and have lost sleep for days over this. Obviously, I wish it did not happen.’ Above, social media footage showing the speeding red Ford Escape SUV collide into a group of people marching in the middle of the street during the annual holiday parade in Waukesha
Brooks (pictured in court on November 23) was released on a shock $1,000 bail after allegedly plowing through the community’s annual Christmas parade. He was charged with six counts of first-degree intentional homicide Monday after the sixth victim died from his injuries
During his jailhouse interview, Brooks did not appear to comment on the horrific crime itself, nor did he admit responsibility.
Brooks is also a registered sex offender and has been arrested more than 15 times in the state of Wisconsin alone for charges including possession of drugs, strangulation and suffocation, battery, illegally possessing firearms as a convicted felon and resisting arrest.
Brooks’ son with his ex-partner was conceived during a short-lived relationship that lasted only six months while they were still teenagers, she said.
‘We were kids. But he never raised his voice at me, he’s never even cursed at me, he’s never hit me,’ she added.
Her account contradicts criminal complains that he hit the 30-year-old mother of one of his three children at a motel in Georgia and ran his car over her in Milwaukee five weeks later.
He was charged and granted a $1,000 bail despite scoring 6 out of 6 on a risk of new criminal activity assessment and a 4 out of 6 on a failure to appear in court test.
The sum was posted by his mother, Dawn Woods, who in a statement released Wednesday said she regretted having bailed him out and cited the lack of mental health support as a triggering factor for his behavior.
The statement read: ‘Instead of offering help and resources to combat the problem a jail cell was given. Over and over again. When mental illness is not properly treated the person becomes sicker and sicker.
‘We are not making excuses but we believe what has happened is because he was not given the help and resources he needed.
‘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.’
Brooks ex-girlfriend told FOX she had reached out to Woods and that her former mother-in-law felt ‘devastated and disgusted.’
Brooks answered ‘yes’ to all six questions regarding the risk factors when allowing him out on bail. As shown on the court filing (pictured), Brooks’ offense was a violent crime, he was pending a charge at the time of the offense, has prior misdemeanors and felony convictions, has previously failed to show up for a court hearing and has served a sentence in jail
‘She didn’t know that he was capable of doing something like this. It’s not the way she raised him,’ she said.
‘I feel so bad and I’m praying for everybody. Not just for the physical pain but for the mental pain they’re going to go through for years to come. The toll is irreparable,’ she added.
Brooks, 39, was charged with six counts of first-degree intentional homicide Monday after a sixth victim died from his injuries.
A pretrial assessment completed by Milwaukee County and first obtained by Fox News revealed that Brooks answered ‘yes’ to all six questions regarding the risk factors when allowing him out on bail.
Court commissioner Cedric Cornwall (pictured) posted the shock $1,000 bail
As shown on the court filing, Brooks’ offense was a violent crime, he was pending a charge at the time of the offense, had prior misdemeanors and felony convictions, had previously failed to show up for a court hearing and had served a sentence in jail.
The assessment took note of Brooks’ criminal history, which spans more than two decades, beginning when he was just 17 years old, and his ‘serious and persistent illness in which he is not receiving treatment for’.
At 11 years old, Brooks was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression while growing up in a single-mother household in the inner-city of Milwaukee, as reported by the New York Post.
He has a history of skipping court, which was taken into consideration in his assessment determining whether or not he would be likely to appear in court if he were allowed on bail. Brooks scored a 4 out of 6 on the evaluation.
Brooks has an active warrant out of Nevada – where he is a registered sex offender – for skipping a court appearance for another sex crime charge, as reported by Fox.
After run-ins with the law in Nevada Brooks went to Georgia and then made his way back to Wisconsin. He was staying at the American Inn motel in Milwaukee’s Lenox Heights with his ex-girlfriend.
The Christmas parade began on Sunday at 4pm, with participants starting at Main Street and Whiterock Avenue. At 4.39pm, the red SUV was filmed speeding down Main Street. It then smashed into the crowd and sent bodies flying before speeding on towards the end of the parade, where the car broke through barriers
Brooks was allegedly involved in another domestic violence incident with his former lover before fleeing the scene in his red Ford Escape, which he drove into Waukesha and moments later turned the town’s festive Christmas parade into a bloody holiday nightmare.
The sixth and latest victim, eight-year-old Jackson Sparks, died from his injuries on Monday.
The other five victims – whose deaths Brooks is also being charged with – were Virginia Sorenson, 79, LeAnna Owen, 71, Tamara Durand, 52, Jane Kulich, 52, and Wilhelm Hospel, 81.
Brooks faces life in prison if he is convicted on all counts but in the meantime, his $1,000 bail posting sparked outrage.
After spending eight months behind bars between July 2020 and February 2021 for shooting at another vehicle on the road after a fight, Brooks found himself out on bail after a bond previously set at $10,000 was dropped to $500 in February due to challenges brought about by the pandemic.
He was then arrested again in Milwaukee on November 2 for hunting down the mother of one of his children at a local hotel. He then followed her down the street with his red Ford SUV – the same vehicle suspected to have been used in last Sunday’s tragedy – and allegedly ran her over in the parking lot of a gas station after she refused to get into his car.
DailyMail.com obtained copies of his arrest warrant for that incident on Monday which reveal he followed her to a gas station, punched her ‘with a closed fist’ and then ‘ran her over’.
Brooks was subsequently arrested and charged with five counts including bail jumping, for having failed to meet the terms of one of his many other sets of bail or probation requirements.
However, on November 11, the culpable criminal once again escaped incarceration by posting bail – this time on a $1,000 cash bond.
By November 19 – two days before the Waukesha attack – he was on the streets again; and by November 21, Brooks was allowed back behind the wheel of his Ford.
Tamara Durand (left), 52, and Leana ‘Lee’ Owen (right), 71, were two members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies who died in Sunday’s tragedy
Virginia Sorenson (left), 79, was a nurse and member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a group of elderly woman marching in the parade. Wilhelm Hospel (right), 82, the husband of one of the grannies, died from internal bleeding, according to his older brother
Jane Kulich (left) was a Citizen Bank employee who was walking with a parade float before she was fatally struck. The sixth victim of the tragedy was Jackson Sparks, 8, (right) who died from his injuries last Tuesday
Dawn Woods blames the system for her son Darrell Brooks in public letter: ‘We are not making excuses but we believe what has happened is because he was not given the help and resources he needed’
The Lord spoke to my heart this morning and said to me it is time to speak.
I’ve been contacted by numerous media outlets for a statement and have until now been reluctant to speak. Because of the way that my family and I have been and attacked in the media and whatever I say will be taken out of content.
It is my hope that what I am about to say dose not get edited and will be made public in it’s entirety.
We the family of Darrell Brooks want to give our condolence to the families of those who lives were so tragically taken and all of those who were injured as well as the community of Waukesha.
We are deeply saddened and our hearts are torn to pieces over what happened on a day set aside for a community to come together and celebrate. What was meant to be a joyous day became a day of tragedy and heart ache.
A day that we wish with all our heart would have never happened.
Darrell did not come from a bad family like many people have said. He came from a loving Christian family and is the grandson of ministers.
Darrell has suffered from mental health issues since he was very young. In those years he received counseling and was on medication.
When he became an adult a decision was made that he no longer suffered from a mental illness. That decision left him with no insurance or financial means to pay for medication and when determined necessary counseling.
Mental illness is not cheap to treat but what’s more important dollars spent on treatment and recouses or lives lost.
Instead of offering help and resources to combat the problem a jail cell was given. Over and over again. When mental illness is not properly treated the person becomes sicker and sicker. It doesn’t go away once a person becomes an adult.
We are not making excuses but we believe what has happened is because he was not given the help and resources he needed.
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.
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.
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.
Mental illness is real and the system is broken it can and must be fixed NOW, not next year or with a new legislation NOW.
So many like Darrell that have fallen through the cracks because of a broken system that no one cared to address, can get the help they so desperately need.
Mental illness affects every walk of life and dwells in every community.
It’s lives in our homes, it lives next door, it’s in our school’s, the grocery store, shopping malls, movie theater and other places of entertainment, and places of worship, and many other places in our communities even at parades.
What next you say, first our hearts have to heal and we have to come together roll up our sleeves and get to work and do what ever is necessary to fix a system that has for far too long been broken.
Myself and my family pray that our Lord and Savior Jesus comfort and strength each of you, and give you all peace that is beyond understanding.
I also ask respectfully that the media pleae to not invade my home, not to call or send emails, myself and my family need out time to grieve as well.
May Bless each and everyone of you.
Dawn Woods and family