Father of plantation family sought mental health assistance one year prior to murders – NBC 6 South Florida

Forty-year-old Jean Carlos Aponte, a plantation man who police say killed his wife and toddler before attempting to take his own life, was recently seeking help for his mental health. He had reached out to the Catch A Lift Fund, an organization that provides former service members with mental health support through working out. Army veteran and Purple Heart honoree Chris Haley accepted Aponte into the program.

On Tuesday, Aponte’s wife Sara Ashley Gama, 38, and 2-year-old son Ethan were found dead inside their home. Haley says Aponte was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury. “He had a very strong desire to make things right because he had a wife and a kid on the way,” Haley said.

The investigation into the incident is still active, but no charges have been filed yet. Police spent their Wednesday searching for what neighbors believe was a cellphone in a canal. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call or text 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline or chat live at 988lifeline.org. You can also visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional support.

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