Thankfully, in recent times, the advocacy for mental health has been staunch. It covers more expansive grounds than it did in the past. Perhaps if it had been this open in the past, Isabella Guzman wouldn’t have murdered her mother. She would have been adequately helped and cared for. Unfortunately, she was a victim of circumstance. However, she was an undiagnosed mental patient at the time. Her family mistook her actions to be rebellious. They all thought it was the regular teen hotheadedness, and she would calm down eventually. Unfortunately, Isabella had to go to a mental institution to calm down after stabbing her birth mother 151 times. Although it’s been eight years since the incident, Isabella Guzman is in the news again. Kindly read on to find out what for.
Who Is Isabella Guzman?
Isabella Guzman, who is now 26 years old, was the 18-year-old lady that went viral for killing her mother. In late August 2013, she trended serially on TikTok for stabbing her mother, Yun-Mi Hoy. She stabbed her 31 times in the face and 48 times in the neck. After further investigations, the stab wounds are a total of 151. The other places she stabbed include, chest, stomach, and torso.
Why Did Isabella Guzman Kill Her Mother?
After so many years, Isabella Guzman still maintains that she wasn’t herself when she murdered her mother. She also stated that she would never do that intentionally as she loved her mother. To further prove her claim, she revealed that she also sustained injuries on her hand from the event. However, she attested to the fact that she needed help and was mentally unstable. Unfortunately, it was too late when they discovered. Isabella Guzman had schizophrenia. She probably didn’t know it herself and, as such, couldn’t disclose this to anyone. Instead, her parents assumed she was being a rogue with her illicit character. Isabella had been struggling with negative hallucinations for years. According to reports from expert witnesses, she believed that her mother’s real name was Cecilia. More interestingly, this alleged Cecelia needed to die for the world’s salvation.
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The Court Didn’t Find Isabella Guilty; Instead, They Sent Her To A Mental Institution
The scene of the murder was beastly. It was a very predatory act that even a sane carnibal wouldn’t have pulled up. Luckily for Isabella Guzman, the Court wasn’t in a hurry to judge her case. A detailed investigation with expert witnesses and psychiatric professionals was carried out. Alas, their findings revealed that she wasn’t in the right frame of mind when she stabbed her mother uncontrollably. Instead of conducting a second trial to confirm if she was guilty or not. The Court immediately agreed with the medical reports and pronounced her not guilty but mentally ill. According to DA George, who claimed to be sure of Isabella’s innocence, he said:
“I am convinced that this girl didn’t know right from wrong and she could not have acted differently than she did. Given the significant schizophrenia and paranoid delusions, audible, negative hallucinations she was going through. I was convinced of it.”
To this effect, the Court ordered her to stay in the mental institution until she was well and no longer a threat to herself and society. On the flip side, this also means that Isabella could spend the rest of her life in a mental institution. Perhaps this is also dependent on her recovery process and speed.
Where Is Isabella Guzman Now?
Isabella Guzman is still in the mental institution. However, several years after, the gory situation led to her mother, Yun-Mi Hoy’s untimely death. From the looks of things, Isabella Guzman might be permanently released from the mental facility soon. Luckily for her, she is responding to the treatments. From the reports, her mental health is far better than 8years ago. For the time being, she gets subtle interaction with society. She leaves that mental institution to attend group therapy and other external treatments. However, she goes on these trips into the community with a GPS tracker on.
Isabella Guzman also believes that she is now mentally well and is ready to be integrated into society. She also maintains the stand that she didn’t kill her mother on purpose. And she will no longer selfharm. In November 2020, she made her intentions known during an interview with CBS4. Isabella said: “I was not myself when I did that. I have been restored to full health.”
She also attributed her mental instability to her family. She claims her family members sexually abused her as a child. And that her decision to foster her newfound faith outside Jehovah’s Witness didn’t sit well with her family. Although she loves her mother and would never hurt her intentionally, Isabella Guzman stated that her mother’s behavior was mean.
Isabella Guzman Suffered Sexual Abuse In The Mental Institution
Isabella Guzman has sure had it rough. However, her healing journey hasn’t been smooth. Despite her apparent struggle to heal from her past hurt, which includes sexual abuse. Isabella still got molested in the mental institution. She made this revelation in a report in 2015. One of the employees of the mental institution assaulted her sexually. He asked her to go into the closet and look through some clothing. When the other patients left, he shut the door and pounced on her. Isabella revealed that she complied with his will out of fear. If she hadn’t, he might ruin her life. She also expressed her fears and how she struggled emotionally.
Although, The Colorado Department of Human Services investigated her complaint. The findings of the investigation are not yet public due to privacy laws. On the other hand, the district attorney’s office claims it has not received a case from the hospital police. This seems sketchy as Isabella also revealed that there are two more incidents involving the employee.
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The incident was an unfortunate one. Hopefully, Isabella is whole and has recovered fully. Most importantly, she will be of good conduct when she integrates into society. We also hope she gets justice for the sexual assault on her person.