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Instead of accepting her son back, Ellis filed suit to make him a ward of the state. In what she calls a "desperate act," his mother abandoned Tommy so that he could get help.
On November 27, after a court order and after spending three months in the emergency psychiatric unit of the Maricopa County Medical Center, Tommy was placed into Arizona Youth Association, a group home for emotionally and mentally disturbed juveniles.
"I gave up custody of my child to force the state to meet his needs," Ellis says.