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TAMPA, FLA. – Mikese Morese’s parents said his battle with mental illness was the reason he visited a family in New Tampa, killing the father and injuring his sons three years ago.

“We knew we had a son with an untreated medical condition that we couldn’t get help with,” Mikese’s mother Khadeeja Morse said.

Mikese was declared “not guilty by reason of insanity”. He suffers from schizophrenia and doctors say he was having a “nervous breakdown” when he crashed into the father and his sons.

Next Monday, a judge will decide what to do with Mikese. This is the reason why his parents, Khadeeja and Michael Morse held a press conference with their lawyer Jhenerr Hines on Wednesday morning. they press for the judge to place him in a private care facility where he can seek treatment, and “eventually be released and live his life.”

“My son has never committed a crime before this incident,” said Michael. “His state of health caused this incident. “

His parents say the system has failed him.

“Everything we have tried to do to prevent something like this from happening has fallen on deaf ears and the only services available are after you have committed a crime,” Khadeeja said. “What’s wrong with this picture?” “

State Attorney Andrew Warren agrees with the family, saying the “system failed” Mikese. However, he wants the judge to place him in a secure mental hospital.

“The system is broken. and that’s unfair, ”Michael said.

His parents don’t trust the system. It is the same situation that thousands of families are experiencing across the state and millions around the world, said Natasha Pierre.

Pierre is the Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for Hillsborough County.

“Unfortunately, this is the state of our system,” she said. “It’s a community, national and national issue. Mental health doesn’t happen in a silo. Everyone affected by mental health is connected to a family in need of support.

According to Pierre, the support is education, therapy, training, funding, housing and more equipment.

“We need more facilities for this middle phase, this transition phase from the emergency to when they are able to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. “

She said such an installation could have prevented microphones from entering this father and his sons in 2018.

ABC Action News did some research and found that several bills dealing with mental health were being debated in Tallahassee. One of those bills is Bill 405, Post-Discharge Continuum of Care.

Upon discharge, the facility should inform a respondent with severe mental illness of the essential elements of recovery and provide assistance.

It gives hope to activists like Pierre. “I’m optimistic it will only get better from here,” she said.