Monday, February 24, 2014

Louisa man’s ordeal highlights gaps in system - Richmond Times-Dispatch: General Assembly

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Andrew Maternick is photographed in September 2010 with his guitar. He has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder bipolar type. The image on the right is Andrew Maternick in 2013 being escorted from the Louisa County Courthouse back to jail. A judge found him not guilty by reason of insanity.
On Sunday evening, July 7, Andrew erupted. He punched holes in the wall of his room and bathroom. He began yelling, waking up Kyle, who had been napping upstairs. Andrew rushed outside, after first picking up a ceramic knife from the kitchen cutting board.
“He’s just like a whirlwind,” said his mother, who was frantically trying to turn on her charging cellphone to call 911.
And that’s when Andrew stabbed his brother in the right forearm with the knife.
Andrew Maternick, 25, has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder bipolar type, but his only treatment, other than a brief detention at a hospital in Petersburg and a 3½-week stay at Western State Hospital last fall, has been the medication the jail and his mother provide, and an occasional talk with a psychologist who visits the jail weekly.

Read his story here:  Louisa man’s ordeal highlights gaps in system - Richmond Times-Dispatch: General Assembly

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