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Woman in Target stabbing lost custody of child

May 3, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A brother of the woman who allegedly stabbed four people in a Target store says she started to deteriorate emotionally after she lost custody of her child. Tim Helton, a half brother of Layla Trawick, who authorities say carried out the attack, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she had gotten a divorce about five years ago and lost custody of her son soon after.

Helton says he lost contact with Trawick about two years ago and her mental health seemed to be deteriorating.

Helton says his sister is a generous person with a docile nature. He says for her to have stabbed anyone would have been completely out of character.

Investigators are reviewing videotape of Monday's attack in the West Hollywood store. Trawick was arrested by an off-duty deputy.


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