You may be familiar with the ongoing saga of Dawn Hutchison who was recently indicted in Jefferson County Ohio for stabbing her husband, Jeff.
The story has highlighted an ongoing, yet often overlooked problem in American society, the lack of mental healthcare and institutionalization of the mentally ill for profit.
Most recently, Dawn Hutchison telephoned me from Jefferson county jail to explain her latest plight. Her attorney, Kris Haught, not only turned down a key interview that could have helped her without consulting her first, but also entered a not guilty by insanity plea without her permission.
Dawn Hutchison is charged with high ranking felonies for committing a similar act of violence another Jefferson County woman, Kathy Thornton, committed who only served 6 months to return home to her partner.
With no prior violent crime convictions, Dawn Hutchison has had her bond set at a staggering $1.2 million dollars, and has been in Jefferson County jail for 60 days, and was incarcerated 51 days before she was ever offered a mental health care option by the prosecution.
The option they offered her? Spend 20 days in an Athens Ohio mental health facility, then return to our for-profit jail system and rot.
Dawn Hutchison is facing years in jail, unlike Kathy who now walks free after 2 attacks.
Dawn may have P.T.S.D. stemming from sexual abuse by her adoptive father, and dis-associative personality disorder. Her adoptive sister was also subject to the same abuse, and was recently arrested for a similar act.
Seeking help, her last psychiatrist in Wintersville failed her, and a week later, she was in the woods, barefoot, cold, alone, with a gun to her head, an obvious cry for help.
She was subsequently subdued by police who tackled her, causing her firearm to go off, shooting her in the hip, another traumatic experience to tack on to her already growing problems with P.T.S.D.
Dawn is seeking the help of the Steubenville and surrounding public. She asks for a fair and reduced bond, and the ability to seek the mental health provider of her choice, which, if I am not mistaken, would be a right promised to her under the American’s with Disabilities Act.
Kris Haught informed Dawn that the process would take 2 weeks to complete. Stay tuned.