His ex-girlfriend said that the mother of the man who drove his SUV through revelers in a suburb Milwaukee Christmas parade was deeply regretful for not bailing him out of jail days before.
Dawn Woods wishes she hadn’t posted the $1,000 bond for her son, Darrell Brooks Jr., after he was accused of punching the mother of his child and intentionally striking her with his car on Nov. 2, according to the woman.
“She’s wrecked that people were killed as a result and she’s like, ‘I’m blaming myself, because had I not bailed him out, this wouldn’t have happened,'” said the ex, who asked to remain anonymous out of fear for her and her son’s safety.
The suburban Milwaukee resident, who also shares a child with Brooks, said she’s had very little contact with the accused killer in the last 20 years, and that their son hasn’t interacted with his dad since he was a baby.
She stated, “He disappeared almost three months ago,” “I’ve done all of this on my own, raised my child by myself.”
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Days after he was released from jail — on what Milwaukee County prosecutors now say was “inappropriately low” bond — Brooks allegedly barreled past police barricades and onto the Waukesha Christmas parade route, where he mowed down marchers and spectators.
Brooks (39) has been arrested on five counts for first-degree intentional killing. The Sunday shooting rampage left six dead and hundreds more injured. A mandatory sentence of life is awaiting him if he’s convicted.
“When I saw his picture online, I was like, ‘What the f–k?,’” his ex told The Post.
“I was embarrassed enough to have him as the father of my child beforehand, because he wasn’t taking care of him,” she said. What do you think of me now? Mortified.”
The distraught woman said she is disgusted by Brooks’ actions and her connection to him, adding: “I wish I could replace him as the person I had a son with, but I can’t.”
“I am sickened by it, obviously devastated, can’t sleep,” she said. “I’ve been donating and saying prayers and doing everything that I can.”
“What’s hurting me more is he shares DNA with my child.”
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According to records and authorities, Brooks has an extensive criminal record and was arrested at least 16 times in Wisconsin, Georgia, and Nevada since 1999.
His ex said she found out a couple of years ago that Brooks has bipolar disorder, and his twin sister, Ebony, died in 2014 of an illness — possibly diabetic shock.
Though she’s had little to do with Brooks since giving birth to their son, the woman said she still occasionally speaks to his mother, who “has never condoned any of his bad behavior.”
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“She’s always condemned everything that he’s done … even weed possession, she’s never condoned,” the ex said. “She’s always been very resolute on, ‘You need to do better. It is important to be right. This is not how I raised you.’”