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Nikolas Cruz’s Birth Mom Had a Violent, Criminal Past. Could It Help Keep Him Off Death Row? - The Miami Herald

Nikolas Cruz had two mothers: his birth mom, who gave him life, an almond-shaped head and auburn hair — and his adoptive mom, who gave him all the advantages of an upscale, suburban upbringing. His birth mother, Brenda Woodard, was sometimes…
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Mentally Ill Inmates Suffering Needlessly in Broward Jails, Report Says - The South Florida Sun Sentinel

Broward County inmates with serious mental illnesses are suffering needlessly, sometimes without treatment, in inhumane conditions, a report released Thursday said. Deficient staffing, cursory assessments and prolonged stays in solitary confinement…
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‘Burn. Kill. Destroy.’ Parkland Mass Shooter Claimed ‘Demons’ Drove Him to Violence - The Miami Herald

Hours after he shot and killed 17 people at a Parkland high school, Nikolas Cruz sat in a Broward Sheriff’s police interrogation room. He was not defiant. Instead, he cast himself as a pathetic failure beset by a “demon” in his head. Cruz…
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Airport Mass Shooter Esteban Santiago 'Wasn't really thinking About it' When He Killed Five - The Orlando Sentinel

Federal prosecutors and public defenders for veteran Esteban Santiago have agreed to a plea deal in which Santiago would receive five life sentences plus 120 years. Read more.     Image courtesy of the Broward County Sheriff's…
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Some Wanted Florida Suspect Committed in 2016 - The Palm Beach Post

Newly released documents show that some wanted Nikolas Cruz involuntarily committed under the Baker Act as early as 2016. Experts say that involuntary commitment would have made in nearly impossible for Cruz to purchase firearms. Read more…
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Out of Sight, Out of Mind: A Father Longs to Know How His Mentally Ill Son Went Blind and Deaf in State Custody - The Tampa Bay Times

After being arrested for carjacking, a man with schizophrenia spent three years in state custody. When he was released back to his family, he was deaf and blind. Read more.