Shawn Swoyer had his demons. 

They appeared early on and took maintain of him when his mom took her personal life when was thirteen. His father wasn’t within the image and he went to reside together with his aunt Bobbie Perry, his mom’s youngest sister.  

He had a whole lot of struggles. He ran away from house every now and then and would not go to high school and wound up in a gaggle house. He drank. And that maybe was the basis of his troubles. When he was 19, in response to courtroom data, he was arrested for housebreaking and DUI and different offenses and sentenced to a yr within the county jail. He was ordered, on the time, to finish inpatient remedy for drug and alcohol habit.  

In August 2008, he was driving his motorbike – whereas drunk, the police concluded – when he had a horrible crash. The police arriving on the scene discovered the bike first. Shawn was about one hundred yards away, his physique damaged. He was in a coma and needed to have reconstructive surgical procedure to place his face again collectively. He misplaced all of his tooth. He had damaged nearly each bone on the left aspect of his physique, his aunt stated, and needed to go to rehab to study to stroll and speak once more. For some time, he needed to be fed via a tube. When he was launched from the hospital, he was given a prescription for painkillers, highly effective painkillers, together with morphine.  

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He had no place else to go so he moved in together with his former girlfriend, Christine Bowie, and her mother and father on School Avenue. The couple hadn’t been collectively very lengthy, however it was lengthy sufficient for him to have fathered a toddler, Zach, with Christine. Zach has is autistic and has different challenges. Shawn did not stay together with her for very lengthy. He went again to consuming and that was that.  

Christine was unaware of his drawback with habit when she met Shawn, solely studying of them shortly earlier than Zach was born and Shawn had his motorbike accident.  

Through the years, Shawn would meander out and in of Zach’s life. He had been out and in of rehab. He may be OK for some time, however then he’d relapse and the method would start anew. 

Within the video under, Zach Swoyer’s mom Christine Bowie describes the day Zach referred to as 911 for his father and occasions that led as much as that day. (the story continues after)