Waukesha suspect’s mother regrets bail before parade attack: ex-girlfriend

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The former mother of a man accused of plowing her SUV at a suburban Milwaukee Christmas parade has regretted receiving bail just days ago, his ex-girlfriend told The Post on Wednesday.

Dan Woods wishes he had not posted a $ 1,000 bond for his son, Darrell Brooks Jr., after he allegedly punched his child’s mother and intentionally struck her with her car on Nov. 2, according to the woman.

“She was devastated that people were killed because of this, and she said, ‘I blame myself, because if I didn’t bail him out, this wouldn’t have happened,'” the former, who asked to remain anonymous, said, “for the safety of her and her son.”

Memorial at Veterans Park for victims of Sunday’s deadly Christmas Parade crash in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
(AP Photo / Jeffrey Phelps)

The suburban Milwaukee resident who shared the baby with Brooks said she had little contact with the alleged killer over the past 20 years and had not interacted with his father since their son was a child.

“He disappeared when my son was about 3 months old,” he said. “I’ve done all this on my own. I’ve raised my child.”

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A few days after he was released from prison – Milwaukee County prosecutors say he is now an “unduly low” bond – Brooks crossed the police barricades and marched on the Waukesha Christmas parade route, where he shot marchers and spectators.

Brooks, 39, has been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide for Sunday’s rampage, which left six people dead and more injured. If found guilty, they face a mandatory life sentence.

“When I saw his picture online, I was like, ‘What the F-K?’,” His ex told The Post.

“I was embarrassed enough to pre-empt that he was the father of my child because he was not taking care of him,” she said. “What do you think I’m up to now? I’m mortified.”

Darrell Brooks is appearing in Waukesha County Court, US Wisconsin on November 23, 2021, on charges of killing five people and injuring nearly 50 people after plowing through a Christmas parade with his sports utility vehicle on November 21.  By Mark Hoffman / Pool REUTERS

Darrell Brooks is appearing in Waukesha County Court, US Wisconsin on November 23, 2021, on charges of killing five people and injuring nearly 50 people after plowing through a Christmas parade with his sports utility vehicle on November 21. By Mark Hoffman / Pool LOVEBYLIFE

The stunned woman said she was disgusted by Brooks’ actions and her contact with him: “I wish I could turn him into a son, but I can’t.”

“I’m so sick of it, obviously devastated. I can’t sleep,” he said. “I am donating and saying prayers and doing everything I can.”

“The thing that hurts me the most is that he shares DNA with my baby.”

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Brooks has a lengthy rap sheet and has been criminally charged at least 16 times since 1999 in Wisconsin, Georgia and Nevada, according to authorities.

They found out a couple years ago that Brooks had bipolar disorder, and his twin sister Ebony died of an illness in 2014 – possibly a diabetic shock.

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ScreenRab from Brooks’ “Half a Ticket” music video.
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Although he had little contact with Brooks after giving birth to his son, the woman said he occasionally spoke to his mother, who “never forgave him for any bad behavior.”

“She always reprimands him for everything he did … even if we have weeds, she will never forgive him,” the former said. “She’s always very resolute. She said, ‘You have to do better. You have to do it right. It’s not the way I raised you.’

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