Mother of man accused of vandalizing buildings in BR says he should be in mental facility, not jail

Mother of man accused of vandalizing buildings in BR says he should be in mental facility, not jail
Anna Hayes, the mother of Brandon Hayes, says her son should be in a mental facility, not in jail. He's accused of vandalizing multiple buildings in Baton Rouge. (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The man who police say vandalized numerous buildings with oddly cryptic graffiti is in jail, but the his mother doesn’t believe he should be.

"I don't think jail is the place for him,” said Anna Hayes. “I think Brandon needs to be in a mental facility to help him with what's going on."

PREVIOUS STORIES:

Hayes says her son suffers from schizophrenia and delusions. She says those conditions got worse with the death of his father, Keith Carter, who was killed in a shoot out with Baton Rouge police officers in August of 2019.

Hayes says her son has spent time in a mental institution, but it was never long-term care.

"The times he had been in the mental place, he would stay five, six days, come home, seven, eight days, come home, but that wasn’t enough time to work on his situation,” Hayes said.

Hayes says she tried to get her son help, going as far as calling the police to pick him up to get him off the streets, but that didn’t work.

“It’s like the system is failing me,” she said. “They’re not really trying to help me with him, so that’s what I’m most concerned about.”

Hayes was in a mental institution at the time of his arrest, according to BRPD.

Anna says she’s sorry her son tagged numerous buildings and has been working on apologizing to those property owners.

“I don’t think any of this is okay,” she said. “What he did... I apologize to the community for all the graffiti in the Baton Rouge.”

Copyright 2020 WAFB. All rights reserved.