Available resources aim to prevent future domestic violence attacks like last week’s McLean County stabbing

Published: Nov. 14, 2022 at 10:27 PM CST
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MCLEAN COUNTY (25 News Now) - A Bloomington man is in jail after police say he tried to kill his girlfriend last week. Chance Young, 19 admitted to police that he, ‘went crazy.’”

The 19-year-old has a history of psychosis, other mental health issues and drug use.

A Bloomington woman was left in serious condition after being stabbed 17 times throughout her body, allegedly by her boyfriend, Young.

Young was arrested Thursday night after telling police he was, ‘vaping some marijuana oil and went crazy.’”

Prosecutors say Young had a 6-inch-long knife and said to his girlfriend, ‘I’m going to need you to let me kill you.’”

In McLean County, Mid Central Community Action (MCCA) is the primary provider for victims of domestic violence.

“Anyone who’s experiencing domestic violence can utilize our services. It is confidential. Their names never get associated with anything, they’re not alone and we’re always here,” said Countering Violence Program Director at MCCA, Michell Cervantes.

Cervantes says they receive more than 10 calls a day on average to their 24-hour hotline. That number is (309) 827-7070. Last year, they served more than 700 survivors, which was up from 2020.

“Having that hotline number available can be the difference between life and death sometimes,” said Cervantes.

Prosecutors say Young had a history of psychosis and mental health issues and was recently hosptalized for it. They also say he had a history of drug use including cannabis, psychedelic mushrooms and acid.

Chief Clinical Officer at Chestnut Health Systems Matt Mollenhauer says some young people do not know where to get help, but there are various resources in McLean County.

“An individual who’s at risk for self-harm or harm of others, if they’re working with a professional there should be an action plan that says, ‘okay what would prevent me from doing this, who do I reach out if the thoughts have gotten too far?’’ said Mollenhauer.

He also says it’s unfair to characterize it as an automatic result of co-occurring disorders.

“I think we have to admit that the prevalence of homicidal behavior while concerning, is still a small percentage of individuals who have substance abuse problems and a small percentage of people who have mental health problems,” said Mollenhauer.

Young was charged with Attempted Murder and Aggravated Domestic Battery. He’s currently in the McLean County Jail, held on $1 million bond, of which he’ll need to pay 10% for release (or $100,000). His next court date is December 12 for an arraignment.