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A Perspective, from Logan Dunning’s mother

(Editor’s note: Last September, Sonoma Valley resident Logan Dunning pleaded “no contest” to a charge of attempted murder in the brutal beating of Austin Ridge. In a separate case, he pleaded “no contest” to six counts of arson in connection with a string of car fires in Santa Rosa. In November, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for all counts. Until now, there has been no public explanation for Dunning’s violent behavior. This is his mother’s story.)

By Megan Gordon

Two years ago this month, my son Logan was in a treatment facility, three months into a six-month, court-ordered program. He was 21 years old. He was participating and tested frequently.

One night, I got a call from his social worker telling me that Logan was being admitted to the Kaiser emergency room. I met him there and we stayed with Logan, who was having his first bipolar episode, and hadn’t slept in three nights. It was very sad and scary for me, but I also felt relief; here was something we could diagnose. I was grateful it had happened while he was in the program so it would be clear this was not related to alcohol, but was clearly an illness.

Logan was taken to a locked psych ward in San Jose. He was on so many drugs he was a zombie. I still have them so I can remember how many there were. He was very sick.

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