WAUKESHA, WI (WTAQ) - The parents of Jaren Kuester – the Waukesha man suspected of killing three people in Lafayette County – said they warned officials beforehand that their son was delusional.
Jim and Kathleen Kuester tell the Wisconsin State Journal that the April 28th murders never would have happened, had Jaren been hospitalized in a Waukesha County mental ward as they requested.
An assessment by crisis manager Robert Walker 3 days before the slayings showed that Kuester did not meet the criteria for being held. Peter Schuler, who heads the Waukesha County mental health agency, said he stands by the assessment – and he felt his department responded as best it could.
Authorities said Kuester killed Gary, Chloe, and Dean Thoreson at their South Wayne farm house. Their bodies were found 3 days after Kuester caused a disturbance at a Waukesha animal shelter following the recent death of his dog – which was run over by a car.
Jim Kuester said officials could have admitted his son to a mental hospital then, and didn’t. Kathleen said her son was first diagnosed with depression when he was 16, and he got worse after his dog died.
Kuester is in jail under a $3 million bond. Homicide charges are pending, and they’re expected to be filed by his next court appearance on Friday.