ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - It has been six months since New Mexicans first heard the news that 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego was arrested for the shooting deaths of his parents and three siblings.
Now, with his family still grieving, his future is unclear.
"Clearly, there was some sort of break or psychotic break that happened that night," said Nehemiah's aunt, and now guardian, Regina Griego.
Regina Griego is still grieving the death of her brother, Albuquerque pastor Greg Griego, and his family while trying to get the right mental health care for Nehemiah.
Regina visits Nehemiah at the Bernalillo County Juvenile Detention Center every week.
"It's a cycle every week for me, to be reminded of the tragedy and the sadness of everything because I miss my brother a lot but I have such compassion for Nehemiah ," Regina said.
It is that compassion that is driving her to fight for better mental health treatment for Nehemiah.
Regina says at the Juvenile Detention Center, he gets one hour of counseling a week and 15 minutes with a psychiatrist.
She was not allowed to see his medical records unless he signed them over.
"First of all, he's young, cognitively - to me, he's a child. And secondly, he's got some mental impairment," Regina said. "So it has not made sense to me in any shape or form."
Since then, Regina says Nehemiah has a working diagnosis with psychosis and dissociative disorders and has started medication.
"Now he has a full range of emotion," Regina said. "He's missing his family. He obviously cries a lot about what happened."
Regina says the Juvenile Detention Center is not the place for someone like Nehemiah, who needs intensive mental health care.
"It's a holding point. It's not really a healing point," Regina said. "He's got to get to some mental health care facility to heal."
No one knows the real reason for the killings, except for maybe Nehemiah .
Deputies say the homeschooled boy told them he was mad at his mom, but didn't say why.
His aunt believes he had undetected mental health issues and just snapped. She said maybe they were brought on by violent video games and easy access to his father's guns.
"This could happen to you," Regina said. "I would advise parents to get smart on mental health. "We're doing it now, after the crisis. Do it before the crisis."
The family has said if the 16-year-old is convicted in the case they hope he's sentenced as a juvenile, which would mean he'd be out of jail by age 21.
No trial date has been scheduled.
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