Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mother of Accused Soldier Tells CNN, "He Was Not My Son"

Posted By on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 9:13 AM

In a report to air this afternoon on CNN, the mother of a Boise soldier said, "I threatened to break his leg and keep him home," shortly before he returned to Afghanistan where he was charged with killing civilians for sport.

Dana Holmes, the mother of Pfc. Andrew Holmes said her son was a healthy 185-pound, 18-year-old when he joined the Army. But when he returned to Boise for a visit two years later, "he was not my son."

"He'd lost about 50 pounds. I made him his favorite sandwich, and it took him two days to eat the whole sandwich," said Mrs. Holmes. "He didn't eat. He didn't sleep." Holme's family had him hospitalized in Idaho during his leave to restore his strength.

Holmes told CNN's Drew Griffin that "not only should the Army have known something had gone dreadfully wrong, but commanding officers should be held responsible."

Holmes and four other members of Bravo company, Second Battalion, First Infantry Regiment, Fifth Brigade face charges of premeditated murder, possessing body parts and possessing photos of corpses. Seven others in the platoon are charged with various other crimes.

Holmes and the others are being held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, to await court martial.

You can watch the full report Tuesday at 3 p.m. on CNN.


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