JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Years before he allegedly attacked and nearly killed a 9-year-old girl inside the restroom at the Best Buy on Southside Boulevard, James Tadros had a long history of problems.
According to documents obtained by Action News, his own parents were concerned about him living on his own. Court documents describe Tadros as a person with “developmental disabilities," stating he was even “incapacitated” when he was a ward of the court back in 2002.
Neighbors in his St. Johns community where he lived with his parents tell Action News the 29-year-old charged with attempted murder has the mental capacity of a young child.
Eleven years ago, the court found Tadros, "unable to live and tend himself." When he turned 18, the court appointed his mother, Tina, as “guardian advocate” of her adult child who was "unable to verbalize his intentions."
Carl Holmes, who lives across the street from the Tadros family, told Action News, "They got him into every kind of treatment that was available. There just isn't a whole lot of services available for kids in this situation."
It appears Tadros would never have been allowed to live on his own. Annual examinations of him by the court were ruled "not necessary” because his “condition has been consistent since birth, and (would) not improve substantially at any time in the future.”
"Anytime time that I saw him. He was being guided back and forth from the car by his parents. He was pretty much in the house the whole time. I never saw him interact with other neighbors or kids," said Holmes.
Investigators say the victim was at the store with her mother when Tadros lured the girl into the bathroom. Surveillance cameras captured the entire timeline of events, except for the actual attack in the restroom.
Officer Melissa Bujeda of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, described the brutality of the attack, "The victim told a store employee that she did not know the suspect. The victim stated the suspect kicked and punched her and put a plastic bag over her head and stuck her head inside the toilet."
The victim has since been released from the hospital.
Police say Tadros damaged the interview room while he was detained. Police arrested Tadros for attempted murder, false imprisonment and criminal mischief.