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Sturgis mother pleads for mental health assistance for son

STURGIS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Sturgis mother is pleading for her son to get mental health treatment, not prison time.

Barbara Wortinger's son, 24-year-old David Wortinger III was arraigned this week on an attempted arson charge.

Police were called to the 1300 block of Cato Lane after a man set fire to a birdhouse.

His mother says when police caught up with him, they found him attempting to hurt himself.

He remains behind bars at this hour with a $50,000 bond.

Newschannel 3's Julia Fello spoke to his mother and health leaders who are trying to break the stigma of mental illness.