Affidavit details mental illness before fatal Durbin Creek crash

Maria B. Ortiz, Cabrera’s mother, explained her daughters’ health status in the 2020 affidavit.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In an affidavit obtained by First Coast News, details of Pamela’s mother Tereza Cabrera further explain the state of her mental health prior to Thursday night’s crash.

Maria B. Ortiz, Cabrera’s mother, explained her daughters’ medical condition in the 2020 affidavit. Cabrera was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to the document. Her mother said there were times when she lost track of time or didn’t sleep.

When prescribed medication for her mental illnesses, Cabrera refused to take them because she said she didn’t need them. When she took her medication, she had become herself again and was able to think clearly, according to her mother.

At the time of writing, Cabrera’s daughter, Vanity, is 4 years old. Cabrera lost custody of her daughter in 2020. Vanity was living with her aunt, at the request of the Ministry of Children and Families.

Cabrera was “lost” without her daughter, according to the affidavit. DCFS asked her to take behavior classes to gain custody of her child.

Ortiz was actively trying to get help for his daughter. She was trying to get a power of attorney from her daughter to help her make decisions when she was not in the right frame of mind.

Ortiz even included photos of her daughter with the affidavit to show what she looked like when she was “normal and functioning.”

Cabrera’s family said First Coast News Friday there was an altercation prior to the incident at their North Jacksonville home on Shore Rush Trail in the Summerwalk Subdivision.

Cabrera, 32, was charged with two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer, firefighter or paramedic, one count of fleeing or attempting to evade a law enforcement officer and a driving homicide count after Thursday night’s crash.

Cabrera was not present at his first appearance due to “disruptive” behavior, according to the court. She is being assessed by the Jacksonville Jail mental health team, with her next court date scheduled for April 21.

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