Suicide attempt: Freddie Gray Mother

Published: October 23, 2015

Suicide attempt: Freddie Gray Mother, Gloria Darden, the mother of Freddie Gray, was taken to a hospital late Wednesday night with “self-inflicted injuries,” a Baltimore police spokesman tells PEOPLE.

Darden’s injuries were “non life-threatening,” and she is expected to recover, the spokesman adds.

Her 25-year-old son gained international attention after he died of a spinal injury while in police custody in April, sparking protests across Baltimore that occasionally turned violent. At one point, the National Guard was called in to restore order to the city.

Six officers have since been charged in Gray’s death, including one who was charged with second-degree murder. The state medical examiner’s office declared Gray’s death a homicide and not an accident, citing the allegation that Gray wasn’t wearing a seatbelt while riding in a police van.

Other charges against the officers include several counts of manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment. The six officers have pleaded not guilty.

The city of Baltimore reached a settlement with the Gray family in September, agreeing to pay out $6.4 million to his grieving relatives.

“Money won’t bring back Freddie Gray,” the family’s lawyer, Billy Murphy, said at the time.

Following Darden’s hospitalization, Murphy told CBS Baltimore in a statement that Darden “is still mourning the loss of her son.”

He added: “The family asks that you continue to pray for her and for them.”

Murphy did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.


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