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Rock Falls man committed to mental health facility

BY KATHLEEN A. SCHULTZ kschultz@saukvalley.com 815-625-3600, ext. 5535 @KathleenSchul10May 22, 2019

ROCK FALLS – A mentally ill Rock Falls man who police say stabbed a woman more than 30 times with a pair of scissors in January 2016 will remain in the care of the state for up to 5 more years, a Whiteside County judge ruled today.

Should he be released from the rigidly structured care provided by the state in-patient treatment facility, Christian Bowman’s inability to regulate his emotions and behavior – caused by a combination of his severe autism spectrum disorder and a mild intellectual deficit – would make him a danger to himself and others, State’s Attorney Terry Costello successfully argued.

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