Dad Robs Bank to Pay for Daughter’s Chemo Treatments
A Michigan father accused of robbing a bank says he only did it to pay for his young daughter’s chemo treatments.
Brian Randolph, 23, is accused of robbing the Vibe Credit Union in South Lyon, Michigan on Aug. 12, according to WXYZ-TV. He was arrested two days later in Detroit.
Now, he’s being held on $500,000 bond.
Randolph’s daughter Brailynn was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer.
His one year old daughter’s insurance was abruptly canceled, and with no money, his family says the desperate father tried robbing a bank.
His girlfriend tells the news station, “I’m not sure what he was thinking at that point, but at the end of the day the only thing I can think about is him trying to take care of his child.”
Randolph’s attorney, Karri Mitchell, doesn’t deny the allegations against his client. He told HuffPost that his client went about dealing with his daughter’s medical situation “the wrong way.”
“We’re not saying that what he did was right,” Mitchell said. “He was misguided in what he did.”
But Mitchell said he hopes a judge will show mercy to his client given Brailynn’s circumstances.
“I don’t know if that will play a factor, but we hope so,” Mitchell said.
Randolph is expected back in court Wednesday morning for a preliminary hearing.
Brailynn’s mother started a GoFundMe page last year after the diagnosis.
(Photo Credit: WXYZ-TV)