Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A Grandmother's Quest

Marjorie Bull has a mission. To save other families from what happened to her own.

On February 3, 2007, her granddaughter Arabella Rose was killed by her mother, Sherri Love who struggled with bipolar disorder. Her grandson survived` the stabbing.

That was just days after Love checked herself out of a hospital. She left without any follow up. Bull believes her daughter needed assisted outpatient treatment, care she could not receive in Nevada, where they live.

Today Love is in prison, sentenced to 56 years to life. Bull is trying to change Nevada’s Law to mirror New York’s Kendra’s Law. She points to the numerous successes of that law. In short, Kendra’s Law works. Bull wants to make sure Nevada stops playing roulette when it comes to treating people with mental illnesses and do the same.

“If Nevada would have had Kendra’s Law, or as I would like to call it, Arabella’s Law, my granddaughter would be here today,” Bull recently wrote in a letter to Governor Jim Gibbons.

Nevada’s law is in great need of improvement. The smart money is on Grandmother Bull.

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