- Monica Cannady, 35, and her children Kyle Milton, Jr, nine, and Malik Milton, three, were found dead from hypothermia in an overgrown field near Pontiac, Michigan on January 15th.
- Cannady was convinced people were out to kill her — including police officers —so she instructed her children to hide in the field if anyone approached them.
- The tragedy was described as a “breakdown of our mental health system in America” by the Oakland County Sheriff, who stated that mental health providers don’t have sufficient resources.
A mother and her two young children were found frozen to death in a Michigan park on Sunday, highlighting the dire consequences of the inadequate healthcare system in America.
According to reports, the police have ruled the deaths as an accident, and have described the incident as a “mental health crisis.”
The mother, Monica Cannady, 35, and her children, Kyle Milton, Jr, nine, and Malik Milton, three, were discovered by Oakland County deputies in an overgrown field near Pontiac, Michigan.
The deputies were alerted to the scene when Cannady’s third child, 10, knocked on a stranger’s door and said that “her family was dead in a field,” according to Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.
The mother had taken her children out of their apartment the previous week and was convinced people were out to kill her, including police officers.
She reportedly instructed her children to run or hide if anyone approached them, and told the family to lie down and go to sleep in the field where they ultimately died of hypothermia.
Family members said Cannady was an attentive and competent mother but noticed she started acting differently three weeks before her death.
They tried to get her help, including being committed for mental health care, but the mother refused.
Police have reason to believe the mental health crisis came about following the shooting November 2021 death of Kyle Milton, Sr, the children’s father.
The lone survivor of the tragedy is reportedly in stable condition, and Child Protective Services is investigating the case. A GoFundMe page has been set up to support the survivor, as well as to pay for funeral expenses.
This tragic incident is yet another reminder of the failure of the healthcare system in America to provide adequate resources and support for those experiencing mental health crises.
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