Family members of Allana D. Hill say the 21-year-old Gardner woman was suffering from postpartum psychosis when she struck her companion with a car and fled from police in Illinois last week.
According to an email from her brother, Robert Hill, Allana gave birth to a baby girl at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas in mid-October. A week later on Oct. 20, she was admitted to the intensive care unit at another local hospital where she was positively diagnosed with the mental illness.
She checked out two days later.
“We do not understand why she was allowed to check out of the hospital in her unstable mental and physical condition,” Robert Hill wrote in an email to media.
Her family was unaware of her whereabouts until Allana was shot and arrested in Illinois on Oct. 23. According to police reports, Allana and a male passenger, whose name has not been released, were pulled over at 4 a.m. As an officer attempted to arrest the driver, Allana’s companion, Hill allegedly drove off after hitting her male companion and the officer. The officer shot and hit the car and Allana. She ran into the side of a house, and officers discovered an infant in the car.
By checking her out of the hospital, Robert believes the father of Allana’s baby endangered the lives of Allana, the baby and others.
“From the onset and until now, Allana is still suffering from this disorder,” Robert wrote. “…As studies have shown, this is a dangerous disorder that can result tragedies such as suicide and infanticide.For these reasons we believe that, ultimately, the tragic events that transpired in Illinois were not within Allana’s control.”
Allana remains in jail in Illinois subject to a $200,000 bond. Her male companion remains hospitalized. The officer was treated for his injuries related to the incidence and is on leave pending the investigation of the shooting.
Sauk Valley Media contributed to this story.
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