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This is a tragedy and at the same time just another example of how contemporary American society's answer to so many problems is to criminalize them. Should Ryan Crofutt be arrested for behavior caused by his traumatic brain injury (TBI)? He himself was the victim of a horrendous crime that left him with a TBI, his parents could not find the help he needed, and now is it right to victimize him again for actions he could not help?

From the Palm Beach Post:

— For years, Vicki Crofutt has fought to find residential treatment for her brain-damaged son, worrying that eventually something bad would happen.

On Thursday morning, her fears were realized.

An early morning scuffle between Ryan and his father, left Frank Crofutt, 55, with two broken legs and Ryan, 25, on the run from Boynton Beach police.

"It hasn't been the best day in my life," Vicki Crofutt said Thursday evening while waiting for her husband to be taken into surgery at JFK Medical Center.

Perry Borman, head of the county office of the Florida Department of Children and Families, called the situation a tragedy.

Borman was among a cadre of county and state leaders who earlier this year tried to find some way to help Ryan, who sustained a traumatic brain injury in 2004 when drunken thugs beat him and then ran him over with their car. While effects vary, people with traumatic brain injuries often have difficulty keeping their emotions in check.

Florida doesn't adequately fund programs for people with traumatic brain injuries, Borman said. Because treatment is expensive, insurance companies, including Crofutt's, won't cover it.

After watching doors shut on Ryan, Florida Rep. Joe Abruzzo, D-Wellington, pledged to file legislation during the upcoming session.

"While it might not help Ryan and his family in the short term, we need to work with Rep. Abruzzo to close this loophole to better assist TBI patients in our community," Borman said. "We can't let them fall through the cracks.

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