Family of man responsible for Boston Marathon hoax releases apology
The family of the man who caused a security scare at the Boston bombings site Tuesday is apologizing.
Police cleared the area around the finish line after two unattended bags were left in the area of the memorial event. The bags were detonated and 25-year-old Kevin Edson was taken into custody. Edson's mother released a statement Thursday apologizing to the public and victims.
She said Edson and his brother have a history of mental illness, quote, "I have had to constantly fight for twelve years to get them the help they need." And "...such a horrific crime is unfathomable. My daughter and I have run the Boston Marathon six times for charitable organizations."
Edson was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when he was 19 and a doctor told his lawyer he showed signs of being off his medication. He was arraigned Wednesday and is currently in a state psychiatric hospital for evaluation.
Authorities are increasing security for Monday's race, including having hundreds of officers in civilian clothes and strategically placed video cameras. The finish line will not be closed to the public until the morning of the race.