In 2016, Cruz was held for psychiatric evaluations after he sent out a Snapchat video in which he cut his arms and said he wanted to buy a gun, according to a Florida Department of Children and Families investigative report.
However, after being evaluated by Henderson Behavioral Health professionals, the decision was made not to hospitalize him. Additionally, the report noted that in 2015 Cruz had a “Nazi symbol drawn on his book bag” and “hate signs on a book bag stating, ‘I hate n——.’”
Before she died, Lynda Cruz told investigators during the 2016 incident that her son had ADHD, depression and autism, according to the DCF report. She also told investigators her son took medication he was prescribed.