Alleged Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz would verbally and physically abuse his late adoptive mother on a regular basis, multiple police reports have revealed.
Police reports obtained by CNN stated that Lynda Cruz had called 911 for various issues involving Nikolas and his younger brother, including “mentally ill person,” “child/elderly abuse,” “domestic disturbance,” and “missing person.” Lynda had reportedly called 911 in November 2012 after Nikolas allegedly hit her in the head with a plastic hose of a vacuum cleaner.
Lynda reportedly called police on January 15, 2013, after Nikolas, then 14, refused to go to school. She said she took away his Xbox as punishment and placed the gaming console in her car, leading the incensed teen to throw a chair, dog bowl, and drinking glass across the room. Nikolas also called her “a useless bitch” and other profanities that she wouldn’t repeat to police, documents detailed.
According to CNN, Lynda told officers that Nikolas had a “history of developmental and learning disabilities,” was “increasingly irate,” and suffered from ADHD.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Lynda and Roger Cruz adopted Nikolas when he was an infant. Roger died of a heart attack a few years earlier and Lynda, 68, succumbed to pneumonia in November. Family members claimed that Nikolas’ mental health rapidly deteriorated following Lynda’s unexpected death.
A neighbor told CBS News that Lynda had Nikolas in counseling but that all ended when she died. Reports indicated that Nikolas bounced around homes but had moved in with a friend and his friend’s parents a month before the deadly shooting.
[Featured Image: Nikolas Cruz/Broward County Sheriff’s Office]