An Idaho mother kidnapped her daughter and planned to inject her with bleach to rid her body of parasites. Brooke A. Helmandollar of Nampa, Idaho, was found in a hotel with her daughter after authorities issued an Amber Alert for her 10-year-old daughter Alissa. Alissa had been reported missing and in danger on March 20, 2019.
According to a report on Spokesman-Review, police charged Brooke Helmandollar with criminal mistreatment of her daughter Alissa. Authorities issued an Amber Alert for Alissa on March 20th after she disappeared with her mother. Brooke had previously made threats against her daughter and police believed that the child was in danger.
Later that afternoon, police located Brooke with her daughter at a restaurant more than 400 miles away in Cheney, Washington. Police canceled the Amber Alert. In the hotel room in Nampa, Idaho, police found bleach, charcoal, and material for enemas. When police found the items, the mother said she planned to use the bleach for cleaning.
During an interview with police, Brooke admitted that she planned to inject the bleach into her daughter and herself to rid their bodies of parasites. After her admission, police charged her with criminal mistreatment of a child.
Instead of placing her daughter with her father, Jon Helmandollar, a local football coach, Child Protective Services retained custody of the girl. Nampa Police are now investigating Jon for his potential role in the crime.
According to police, Jon showed little to no concern about his daughter’s whereabouts after they issued the Amber Alert. When police told him about the Amber Alert for his wife and daughter, he responded, “well that won’t look good for me.”
Jon’s Facebook page indicates he is a teacher at Columbia High School and he is the head football coach. He played football for Boise State University. While his daughter was missing, Jon made no public posts on his social media to alert others.
Brooke’s strange behavior began on March 12 when she pulled her daughter out of school. School officials said that they noticed the car’s seats were lined and covered with plastic. When staff asked Brooke about the plastic, she told them that their home was infested with insects and parasites. Because of the parasites, Brooke said she was staying with her daughter at a hotel.
Police obtained additional information about Brooke’s plans by retrieving data from her social media accounts and phone.
Since 1996 Jim and his ‘church,’ Genesis Church of Health and Healing have promoted the bleach as a cure for malaria, autism, cancer, parasites, AIDS, HIV, and hundreds of other ailments. Humble has authored books and made videos instructing followers how to use the products.
Generally, people take the MMS orally or rectally through enemas. The bleach is so toxic in the system that it causes severe nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and in severe cases death. In groups dedicated to MMS, people often take photos of their bowel movements and share them within online groups.
Humble and his church target autism parents most frequently with their product. An organization Autism One has promoted MMS as a cure for autism for decades. MMS is not legal for use or sale in the United States. The FDA issued a warning that the product is not safe for consumption nor proven to treat, cure, or prevent any illnesses.
Why Brooke believed she and her daughter that parasites infected their bodies is unknown. However, Brooke has previous arrests and served time in the Idaho Department of Corrections for possession of a controlled substance. Court records from her incarceration indicate she received mental health services during her probation and incarceration.
For now, Alissa is safe and in county custody. There are no current details about Brooke’s court case.
*Katie Joy is a columnist and hosts Without A Crystal Ball on Patheos Non-Religious Channel. She writes articles on parenting, disability advocacy, debunking pseudoscience, atheism, and crimes against women and children.
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