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Family asks GoFundMe aid, says mentally ill son beat mom

1 year 3 days 11 hours ago Wednesday, December 14 2016 Dec 14, 2016 December 14, 2016 9:56 AM December 14, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
(L) Katherine Byrd, John Byrd

BOSSIER CITY - A northwest Louisiana woman is asking for help with her mother's medical expenses, saying her mentally ill brother "brutally attacked" their parents.

Bossier City police say $1.1 million bond has been set for 37-year-old John Byrd, who was arrested on charges of attempted murder of 67-year-old Katherine Byrd, known as Kay.

Police say her husband, 68-year-old Thomas Byrd suffered minor injuries in the attack Dec. 5.

KTBS-TV reports that Annie Byrd Hartman has created a GoFundMe account, saying her mother remains unresponsive with "massive brain injury."

Kay Byrd is a former Bossier Parish School Board member. According to Hartman's account, her brother went into a psychotic rage after a week without sleep or medication.

Hartman says she hopes to lift some of her father's financial burden.

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