I finally got the investigator working H’s case on the phone today (he had been on vacation last week). He basically told me that unless and until he can get an interview with H in which H tells “his side of the story,” then “there is no victim.” (Yes, he actually said that.)
I tried to explain to him that H has suffered a major brain injury and isn’t currently capable of giving an interview that would be of any real use whatsoever, and he suggested that this scenario means the investigation will likely stall out completely. He also told me he hasn’t spoken with several of the major players in what happened that day, even though we’ve given him lots of information about them and what we think their roles were in H’s injuries, based on the conversations we’ve had with H’s friends.
What about murder victims who can’t tell their side of the story?
I recognize and accept that my son’s involvement with drugs led to him being in a situation where this could happen at all. He bears some responsibility. But this didn’t give others the right to assault him or leave him for dead, unconscious and without sufficient oxygen to his brain. I don’t want these people to do this to someone else’s child who happens to have a drug problem, and who with the right intervention, could recover from that addiction and go on to have a happy, healthy, productive life.
This is beyond frustrating, but I will NOT let the issue drop.