Who's Going To Take Care of Paul?

Loading gallery...
  • MomAndGuardian01.jpg
    Show Captions

    While Paul was in jail last year, Lynda Burrows would sit in her son's room each night before going to bed and read from her Bible. She caressed Paul's face on a photograph of him and his wife, Kim, as she sat in his room May 22. Paul was jailed the month prior in Perry County on drug charges and also faced charges in Dubois County. He's since been released from jail, but the court cases remain open. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

  • MomAndGuardian02.jpg
    Show Captions

    Lynda, right, walked back to her car along with Paul's wife, Kim, after they dropped off money for Paul at the Perry County Jail on May 29. Paul used the money for phone cards to call Lynda. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

  • MomAndGuardian03.jpg
    Show Captions

    With Paul being incarcerated in the Perry County Jail, about an hour's drive from the apartment Lynda and Paul share in Jasper, Lynda didn't visit him as much as she'd like because she couldn't afford the cost of gas. Lynda visited him July 16. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

  • MomAndGuardian04.jpg
    Show Captions

    Lynda was stressed on her drive home from a court appearance in Tell City on May 29. She said she wasn't sure how Paul would react to the news that his court-appointed lawyer was not able to get him bonded out of jail that day. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

  • MomAndGuardian05.jpg
    Show Captions

    While Paul was in jail, Lynda kept some of his clothing and other items neatly laid out on his bed, hoping to smooth the transition upon his return. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

  • Part2_LyndaPaul17_DW.jpg
    Show Captions

    After collapsing outside her apartment the evening before, Lynda was admitted to Memorial Hospital to be observed and treated for high blood pressure May 8. Her doctor attributed her fainting to stress.

  • MomAndGuardian07.jpg
    Show Captions

    After one of Paul's early suicide attempts, Lynda picked out a passage for his funeral: Psalm 88. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

  • MomAndGuardian09.jpg
    Show Captions

    Lynda walked alone into the Dubois County Courthouse on July 8 for a hearing for Paul on the charges he is facing in the county. Lynda arrived to find that the hearing was postponed. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

  • MomAndGuardian10.jpg
    Show Captions

    Lynda was overcome with emotion as she was reunited with Paul after he was released to her custody from the Perry County Jail on July 30. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

  • MomAndGuardian11.jpg
    Show Captions

    Shortly after being released from jail July 30, Paul was joined by his mother, Lynda, left, his nephew Brandon Ellett and Paul's wife, Kim, for a meal at McDonald's in Ferdinand. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

  • MomAndGuardian12.jpg
    Show Captions

    Paul's release from jail while awaiting resolution of the charges requires him to remain in the custody of his guardian, his mother. Paul lives with Lynda in Jasper, about an hour's drive from the home of his wife and children in Tell City. Not seeing his children and not being able to be in their lives daily was weighing heavily on Paul as he sat at home Sept. 17. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

  • MomAndGuardian13.jpg
    Show Captions

    Once a month, Paul sees his psychiatrist, Dr. Linda Callaghan, at her Washington office. Paul was brought to tears as they ended a session Feb. 18 when Callaghan reassured Paul that she was available to him any hour of the day. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

  • MomAndGuardian14.jpg
    Show Captions

    Paul's medication lay on his bed next to him shortly after he took some pills after having a near anxiety attack upon seeing the police outside the apartment complex Feb. 13. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

  • MomAndGuardian15.jpg
    Show Captions

    Lynda estimates that she and Paul have moved at least 40 times, and anticipate they will have to move again. The two cleaned out a storage locker Oct. 30 after they decided to no longer rent the unit, in part to save money. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

  • Part2_LyndaPaul20_DW.jpg
    Show Captions

    As Paul's guardian, Lynda is responsible for him as a person as well as his property. Before having an MRI at Memorial Hospital on March 4, instead of Paul signing the medical documents, his guardian had to sign for him.

  • MomAndGuardian17.jpg
    Show Captions

    For many years, Lynda has maintained that Paul has memory lapses. During this time, she has been looking to mental health professionals to find out why. Paul was prepared for a procedure to record his brain's electrical activity, called an electroencephalography, or EEG, on March 13 at Memorial Hospital. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

  • MomAndGuardian18.jpg
    Show Captions

    "What time is it?" Paul asked Lynda every couple minutes in the final hour of March 31. Paul's medication prescription had run out a couple days before and he was struggling to keep his nerves calm until he could refill the prescription the next morning. "I feel like an empty capsule," he said. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

  • MomAndGuardian16.jpg
    Show Captions

    Before each of Paul's court hearings, Lynda lights a candle and says a prayer at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. Paul joined her the morning of Sept. 30 before they went to his hearing at the Dubois County Courthouse. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

  • MomAndGuardian19.jpg
    Show Captions

    Upon Lynda returning to the car with Paul's newly filled medication prescription April 1, Paul immediately took three pills. The prescription ran out a couple days before Paul's insurance allowed him to refill it, and he struggled the final day to keep his nerves calm. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

  • MomAndGuardian20.jpg
    Show Captions

    As a means to try to calm his nerves, Linda rubbed the back of Paul's neck as they waited outside the courtroom on Sept. 30 at the Dubois County Courthouse. It was the first time Paul was present in court since being released from the Perry County Jail two months earlier. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

  • MomAndGuardian21.jpg
    Show Captions

    Emotional after just learning that Paul had been found competent to stand trial on felony charges of receiving stolen property, Lynda and Paul sat in the hallway in the Dubois County Courthouse on Jan. 16. "Mom, youÕre fighting for a lost cause," Paul said to her. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

  • MomAndGuardian22.jpg
    Show Captions

    "I'm going to be 66 this year, four years from 70," Lynda said last year. "I'm not going to be able to take care of Paul anymore. So what's going to happen to this man? I'm not just talking about my son. There are other sons and daughters out there that are walking the streets. They don't have anywhere to go because society doesn't want to deal with it." Because of the multiple attempts Paul has made to kill himself and Lynda, she has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • MomAndGuardian23.jpg
    Show Captions

    "Harley is my only companion," Paul said about his dog as he walked him. "It just sucks when you have no one to talk to." Since being released from the Perry County Jail, Paul has spent most of his time alone or sleeping. "He's really too quiet," Lynda said. "He's not the same Paul I had (before jail). Is it better? Yes. But I don't know what to expect." Dave Weatherwax/The Herald