SEATLLE – The mother of a 27-year-old man suffering from a severe brain infection was arrested after allegedly kidnapping him from the hospital, hoping to remove him from psychoactive drugs and allow him to “die in her arms,” court documents show.
Lorraine Phillips, an Alaska native, was taken into custody Saturday at a Seattle medical clinic where she brought her son to be evaluated. She admitted Monday to breaking her son out of the hospital and defended her decision.
“I did what any mother would have done. We love our son. It’s just been a nightmare going on seven months now,” Phillips told PIX11 News sister station Q13FOX.
It all started in early October in Anchorage, Alaska, after Bret Bohn started having a hard time sleeping. He recently had been prescribed Prednisone after undergoing nasal polyps’ surgery.
The 27-year-old had a seizure at home, his father Glen Bohn said. When they brought him to the hospital, he had three more seizures.
His parents said they didn’t agree with the treatment he was receiving at the hospital.
“For two and half months, they more or less experimented on him and gave him different types of drugs. He was in this frozen state,” his father said. “We love him and trust that we know what he would want and this is something he wouldn’t want.”
In January, a judge in Alaska appointed a state guardian for Bret. His parents were prevented from seeing their son after court records allege Lorraine said she “would rather Bret die in my arms than have any more drugs” and that she “hopes he kills himself, then he won’t be in an institution.”
Documents allege Lorraine also said she “should have shot him while she had the chance.”
“The only thing I did say in court is that I would have to make funeral arrangements for him. The rest is hearsay and there have been a lot of allegations against me,” said Lorraine Phillips.
In late March, Bret developed a brain infection and doctors transferred him to Harborview. Last Tuesday, his parents say Bret was scheduled for an electroshock treatment they wanted to prevent. The couple is accused of shoving a hospital aide and wheeling their son out of the building.
“Bret said he wanted to leave the hospital, he was crying,” Lorraine said.
The 27-year-old parents aren’t allowed in the hospital, and can’t get any updates on their son, but plan to stay in Seattle for now. Lorraine Phillips will be in court on a kidnapping charge on Wednesday
“It’s truly been a nightmare and I don’t wish this on any family,” Lorraine Phillips said.