Michele Mandel writes HERE in the Toronto Sun about the woman who attacked a young boy with acid on Saturday, October 31st.
Actually, the column is more about her son, who had to turn her in.
33-year-old machine operator Jermaine Lawrence was in his work lunchroom when he saw the story on TV, about a woman wanted for throwing an acidic substance on a boy who was buying tickets at a movie theatre with his dad to see Hotel Transylvania 2. Then he saw the picture of the suspect.
It was his mother.
He made the tough decision to turn her into the police. But he wants everybody to understand that she has had a difficult life recently, that he believes she didn’t commit the act with any intent or malice.
Jermaine says his mother, 53-year-old Alverna Maria Lawrence, suffers from mental illness, and was once an active member of society.
Lawrence was a registered nurse, heavily involved in her local church. She eventually became a pastor and took charge of the children’s choir. She worked with a government grant to open a drop-in centre at Keele and Wilson. She lived in a house near Yorkdale and owned a car.
Then, about 7 years ago, she changed for the worse.
“She snapped and everything went to s—.” Jermaine told Michele Mandel.
She became increasingly paranoid, worried that the government was trying to clone her. She refused to seek help for her mental illness despite pleas from family and friends.
Police said that if she wasn’t a danger to herself, they couldn’t do anything.
Read the whole in-depth story about Alverna Maria Lawrence HERE in the Toronto Sun.