Mother of mail bomb suspect says, 'This is not how I raised him'

The mother of the man suspected of mailing more than a dozen suspicious packages to prominent critics of President Donald Trump said her son has struggled with mental illness for some time, according to a new report.

Madeline Sayoc, the mother of Cesar Sayoc, told ABC News in a letter sent by her attorney, that she awoke from surgery last week to learn that he was accused of mailing explosives to former President Barack Obama; billionaire George Soros and actor Robert De Niro, among others.

"While I have not lived with my son for 35 years or even heard from him in over four years, I cannot express how deeply hurt, sad, shocked and confused I am to hear that my son may have caused so many people to be put in fear for their safety," Madeline Sayoc wrote. "This is not how I raised him or my children."

Madeline Sayoc said her 56-year-old son has "been ill for a long time" and that she and other family have tried "over and over again" unsuccessfully "to urge him to get the help he needs."

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Cesar Altieri Sayoc was arrested on Friday, October 26, 2018, in connection with the mail-bomb scare that included at least 12 suspicious packages sent to prominent Democrats from coast to coast.

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Cesar Sayoc Jr., was arrested at the AutoZone store on State Road 7 in Plantation, Florida.

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Sayoc's van was covered in stickers of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. It also had sticker that said 'CNN Sucks.'

(Carline Jean/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

The 56-year-old was a registered Republican.

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Social media accounts that appear to belong to Sayoc display a deep admiration for President Trump and the accounts also often featured bizarre conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton.

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Sayoc has a lengthy criminal history, including charges in for threatening to 'discharge a destructive device,' grand theft and charges for possession of a synthetic anabolic-androgenic steroid.

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Cesar Sayoc's attorneys have not commented on his mental health.

Cesar Sayoc waived a bond hearing in Miami on Friday and agreed to be transported to New York, where he will be tried for transport of explosives, mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents, making threatening interstate communications and assault of current or former officials.

He faces up to 48 years behind bars if convicted of all counts.

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