Relative of Teen Accused of Having Explosive Devices Speaks Out

Relative of Teen Accused of Having Explosive Devices Speaks Out

By Devin Sanchez

NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A teenager in Midland spent the last few days in jail after police found him with explosive materials.

Just after 8 p.m. Monday night, Midland County Mental Health officials responded to a home in the 3500 block of Baumann to check on 19-year-old Nathan Southerland. Southerland's mother called police, worried the teen had explosive materials.

NewsWest 9 spoke to a relative of Southerland's, who said they've tried to get the teen help for years.

"He's been diagnosed with Schizophrenia and we've been fighting for help for him from the mental health deputies and numerous various hospitals," the relative said.

She also said she doesn't believe Southerland had a specific target.

"There was no target. In his writings, and with Schizophrenia, he doesn't have a target of this world," she explained.

According to officials, when they arrived, Southerland had a "recipe for a type of explosive" and the bomb squad was called out. Southerland was arrested and charged with having components of explosives, a third degree felony.

His relative said she's upset because she fears he may not get the help he needs.

"I was hoping that's what it was going to be, but now, I just feel like he's going to get more discipline and get lost in the system," she said.

She also wanted everyone to know, Southerland is not a monster.

"He's a very sweet kind, loving human being. He's just in a different, his mind just doesn't," she said through tears. "Please don't judge him as a terrible monster cause that's not who he is."

Southerland is currently held at the Midland County Jail without bond.