Maryland State Police say they have launched an internal investigation out of the Easton Barrack after a social media post went viral, in which a mother alleges Troopers led her son to kill himself.
That Facebook post made on Wednesday has amassed nearly 7,000 reactions and over 12,000 shares. In it, mother Jane Bailey says her son’s boat fell off it’s trailer, into the middle of a Route 50 intersection in Cambridge. She says Maryland State Troopers on scene mocked her son, recorded and laughed at him. Bailey’s son ultimately died by suicide days later. In reference to the Troopers, she says “I want them to hear the whole story of how my son hung himself Sunday morning – because of his perceived humiliation.”
MSP released a statement on Wednesday afternoon saying that “An investigation into these allegations has been initiated by Lieutenant Timothy Corbin, commander of the Easton Barrack. Lt. Corbin is attempting to contact the family and will keep them updated on information.” State Police officials say their preliminary investigation finds that Troopers were taking photos of the scene in the event a crash report needed to be filed.
Bailey also took issue with the towing company that she says MSP forced her son to call. She says the tow company demanded 3,500 dollars to lift the boat onto the trailer. Bradshaw Towing released a statement saying in part “No words I write can lessen this loss, but I do feel I must explain what occurred that day.” Bradshaw alleges that the man requested the service of a “rotating wrecker” to prevent any further damage to the boat and despite the high cost due to high operating expenses he said he would determine how to make payment for later.