The boy had bruising and swelling but, so far, has shown no signs of permanent damage.
Court records show Bravo has a pattern of mental instability dating back to the age of 7, when he
was first diagnosed with schizophrenia. More recently, records reveal:
-In a delusional rage, Bravo attacked a fellow mental health patient with a pen in September
2009 at Skagit Valley Care Center, believing the victim wanted to harm him.
-Bravo caused $1,500 damage to a vent Aug. 12 at the Whatcom Count Jail work center where
he was being held on a petty theft charge. According to charging papers, he climbed a fence and kicked the vent in an escape attempt, saying "he needed to see his doctor about his medication
for voices inside his head and he got claustrophobic."..
In May 2013, a state psychologist determined Bravo still showed obvious signs of mental illness.
But last week, after several more months of treatment, Whatcom County Superior Court Judge
Charles Snyder approved an updated finding that Bravo could "currently understand" the charges
against him. (The phrase "fully understand" has been crossed out in pen on official paperwork.)
Bravo pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree felony assault, for the attack on the deputy
and the attack on the baby. He was sentenced to a year in jail, but he has served that time already
and walked a free man Thursday afternoon.
The sentence doesn't require any supervision from the Department of Corrections, nor does it
force him to take medications.