WAUKESHA, Wis. The mother of the man accused of plowing his SUV into a party at a suburban Christmas parade in Milwaukee is sorry to have rescued him from prison a few days earlier, his ex-girlfriend told The Post on Wednesday.
Dawn Woods wishes she had not issued a $ 1,000 bail to her son, Darrell Brooks Jr., after he was accused of beating the mother of his child and intentionally beating her with his car on Nov. 2, according to the woman.
“She has ruined people being killed as a result and she says, ‘I blame myself, because if I had not rescued him, it would not have happened,'” said the ex, who asked to remain anonymous for fear . for the safety of her and her son.
The Milwaukee suburb, which also shares a child with Brooks, said she has had very little contact with the accused killer for the past 20 years and that their son has not interacted with his father since he was a baby.
“He disappeared when my son was almost 3 months old,” she said. “I have done all this on my own, raising my child alone.”
Days after he was released from prison – on what Milwaukee County prosecutors now say were “inappropriately low” ties – Brooks allegedly drove past police barricades and onto the Waukesha Christmas parade route, mowing down marchers and spectators.
Brooks, 39, has been charged with five counts of first-degree premeditated murder for Sunday’s vandalism, which left six people dead and many more injured. He risks a mandatory life sentence if convicted.
“When I saw his picture online, I was thinking, ‘What the hell?'” His ex told The Post.
“I was embarrassed enough to have him as the father of my child beforehand because he did not take care of him,” she said. “What do you think I am now? Mortified.”
The despairing woman said she was disgusted by Brooks’ actions and her connection to him, adding: “I wish I could replace him as the person I had a son with, but I can not.”
“I’m sick of it, obviously crushed, can’t sleep,” she said. “I have donated and prayed and done all I can.”
“What hurts me more is that he shares DNA with my child.”
Brooks has a long rap sheet and has been charged at least 16 times since 1999 in Wisconsin, Georgia and Nevada, according to authorities and records.
His ex said she found out a few years ago that Brooks has bipolar disorder, and his twin sister, Ebony, died in 2014 of a disease – possibly diabetic shock.
Although she has not had much to do with Brooks since giving birth to their son, the woman said she still occasionally talks to his mother, who “has never tolerated any of his bad behavior.”
“She has always condemned everything he has done … even weed possession, she has never tolerated,” the ex said. “She has always been very resolute with, ‘You have to do better. You have to do right. That’s not how I raised you.'”