C.R, age 11, Harris County Psychiatric Center, Houston, Texas.


C.R, age 11, is heavily medicated on Thorazine. He woke up yesterday morning in a manic state– roaring, flirting with adults, and other manic behavior before attacking someone. He fell while he was playing basketball. When another kid laughed at him, C.R punched him. When staff intervened, he punched the staff. He was but in seclusion because he was a danger to himself and others. C.R’s mother used drugs while he was in uter; he is very small and hyperactive. He was raised by his grandparents. With a kid like C.R, if you get him stabilized, he could be deferred from the system without adjudication as he’s only 11, but he already has a criminal history.

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