RENÉE C. BYER/rbyer@sacbee.com

LA PLATA, MD. June 2013: Pat Caroleo, 69, holds a photo of her son Nicholas as a teenager. Now 32 and mentally ill, he has threatened to kill his family, Caroleo says. "We tried everything to help him, but nothing worked. I've cried and cried and cried for 12 years. I don't cry anymore.""They put people like him on a bus? He is 200-percent unstable. He's angry. He's psychotic. He's a boxer. His fists are weapons." PAT CAROLEO, mother of Nicholas Caroleo

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