Laquan McDonald was known in his teen years as a lanky kid whose record was riddled with run-ins with the law, and mental health crises. He was born to a mother who was just 15 years old, with possible substance exposure at birth. His father wasn’t in the picture. The first few years of his life were rocky, with him being moved from home to home, before finding stability with his Great Grandmother.
Unfortunately, even though he got a stable living situation, the damage from years of not knowing what his life was going to look like from day to day had taken its toll. He struggled with mental health, and was hospitalized 3 times for psychiatric crises. His mental health battle was exhausting in his own way, and his learning disabilities only made his struggle worse.