Mother of suspect in Waukesha Christmas parade tragedy writes letter to victims

WAUKESHA, Wisc. — The mother of a man accused of plowing into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, wrote a letter to the victims of the tragedy.

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A letter signed by Dawn Woods, the suspect’s mother, was sent to WDJT. In the letter, Woods acknowledged her son’s history of mental illness and said that her son was both unwilling and unable to seek treatment: “We are not making excuses but we believe what has happened is because he was not given the help and resources he needed.”

Woods’ son, Darrell Brooks Jr., is accused of intentionally driving his SUV into the Christmas parade in Waukesha on Nov. 21, killing six people, and injuring more than 60 others, as previously reported. Brooks was charged with six counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

Brooks said in an interview that he feels “demonized,” but offered no details about a possible motive or what happened at the parade, The Associated Press reported.

Brooks was out of jail on $1,000 bail in an unrelated case before the Christmas parade, and a prosecutor in Milwaukee said the low bail was the result of an overworked assistant who never saw Brooks’ risk assessment, WBBM reported.