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Danville man will get treatment, not jail time in 2006 bludgeoning death

Original post made on Sep 14, 2011

This week's decision to find a man not guilty by reason of insanity is not one that came easily to those involved in the case. Andrew Mantas was 16 when he killed his 43-year-old mother, Dimitra Mantas, with a baseball bat at their Danville townhouse in Nov. 2006.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 7:28 PM

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Posted by William
a resident of Danville
on Sep 14, 2011 at 7:19 am

This story from start to the current situation is a testamony to the failed mental health system in our state and to the lack of awareness of the public to serious mental health concerns. Initially the mother takes a floridly psychotic child to a priest who then tells her to take him to a doctor. She does and takes him to a non medical doctor. This young man never received any competent care until AFTER he had killed his mother. What a shame that we have to wait for a atrocity to occur until any action can be taken.

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 14, 2011 at 10:15 am

Yeah, I feel sorry for the kid. He killed his mother, but it was her fault, so let's not hold him responsible. Why not give him an award for removing his dysfunctional mother from society? What a crock!

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Posted by samiam
a resident of Danville
on Sep 14, 2011 at 11:26 am

Horrible situation all around.
William, is there any actual, successful treatment for the kind of mental issues Mantas displayed? It feels wrong, somehow, for you to blame the death on the victim when it appears to me that she simply was doing the best she could do for her son.

Should she have abandoned him to the police/state instead?

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Posted by Barbara
a resident of Danville
on Sep 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I read frustration in William's post, not blaming the victim. I think the mom did what she thought was appropriate, but she was tragically misguided.

@samiam I don't think she had to go to the extreme of abandoning him to police/state. Taking him to a hospital emergency room would have sufficed. From there he could have been admitted to a psych hospital and treated for his psychosis - and potentially been able to get back on track. If it was his first psychotic break the odds of being able to live full life were probably in his favor. Now, even with treatment that helps relieve his psychoses, he has to live with his actions.

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Posted by Alan
a resident of Danville
on Sep 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Emergency room? Are you kidding?

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Posted by Barbara
a resident of Danville
on Sep 14, 2011 at 5:36 pm

@Alan, it is clinical protocol and pretty well known by clinicians in the mental health community. It can be dangerous to have people who are actively psychotic wait for an appointment with a psychiatrist, so the staff at emergency rooms are trained to facilitate entry to a psych hospital. An alternative is to call the police who would hopefully facilitate a psych hold (5150) but it is usually less stressful for the individual and family to enter via the ER.

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Posted by Ali
a resident of Danville
on Sep 15, 2011 at 7:41 am

It's too bad mom didn't have more information made avalible to her.
Some people just don't know where to go, or even who to talk to about their situation. This would be the right time to be a good friend and not be judgmental.

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Posted by Ralph Hoffmann
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Sep 15, 2011 at 8:35 am

What about Andrew's Father?

Does this murder remind anyone of Ernie Scherer, III?

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