My Son’s Eyes

Renee Pinkney’s 19 year-old son Don’Tay suffers from a mental illness. At age 15, he allegedly committed a crime during a psychotic episode. Don’Tay has been in jail for over a year without education or treatment for his illness. While waiting for a trial, Renee and her husband Joey are fighting to gain rights for their son and help him get out of jail.

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3 thoughts on “My Son’s Eyes

  1. It is ALL of our jobs to take care of Don Tay, not only the parents’ job. My heart goes out to all the family.

    Shame on the court system for treating this illness as a crime.

    As the educational system erodes every minute I am afraid we will be seeing more and more young children being locked up in jail without the medical care and rehabilitation they deserve.

    I am so, so sorry.

    • I completely agree. Thank you very much for taking the time to watch the piece. My hope is that stories such as this one might help to make changes in the judicial and educational system in this country.

  2. I just viewed your video on wired.com. I am bipolar with PTSD & and anxiety disorder. I had to reach out to you. It took over 30 years to get a correct diagnosis after being hospitalized 3 times in the last 5 years. But I am now on the right cocktail, for now. My uncle was schizophrenic and it took over 50 years to get him a miracle med that gave him back to us. But after all the horrible treatments he had in the 60′s we lost him to leukemia. So after hearing your story, I know how difficult it must be for you. It is a long and lonely path. The stigma of mental illness often keeps me isolated from main stream because people fear the unknown. The injustice of what has been done to your son is so deplorable and my heart aches for you. I would like to be updated with your progress and have bookmarked this page. Please know that I am thinking of you.

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