Offers of help pouring in for troubled Milford teen
MILFORD - People have been reaching out to Lisa Currier to offer her help and support for her son, Lyndon Pratt, who suffers from debilitating mental illness and has been jailed twice this year for lack of a better alternative.
"The holiday was great and things have been calm," said Currier, a widow who has been struggling to manage her son's difficulties alone.
Pratt, 18, suffers from a long list of mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder with psychotic features and ADHD, according to Currier, who has two other children and lost her husband to Lou Gehrig's disease in 2008. Currier also believes her son may be autistic. Pratt has difficulty communicating and understanding simple concepts and requires constant supervision, his mother said, and though he attended a residential school in Massachusetts for years and then attended the Sage School in Milford, when he turned 18 Pratt aged out of the educational system.
Over the summer, Currier found herself trying to cope with her son, who has difficulty following directions and lashes out in frustration. She became the focus of that frustration and was forced to call the police for help.
And that's when Pratt caught the attention of Milford police prosecutor Michael McCall.
McCall said Pratt had to be arrested because there was simply no other option. He couldn't be left with his mother, and there weren't any other facilities that could take Pratt, so he was sent to Valley Street Jail. When Pratt was arrested again for a similar incident, it was back to jail again. McCall knew something had to change, but struggled to find help for the family.
After Currier went public with her story, calls have been pouring in from people wanting to help. Currier was in court with Pratt on Wednesday for a review of his pending cases and told Judge Martha Crocker that Pratt has begun an adult program with Community Council of Nashua.
"I'm happy that things are moving forward," Crocker said. "It in everyone's best interest to have Lyndon engaged in activities."
After the hearing, Currier reiterated that her son has never meant to hurt anyone.
"He's not a bad kid and he doesn't want to go back to jail," she said.
"We have had a lot of people reach out to help. It's nice that they're willing to help."
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