CRIME SPREE: Mother Blames Son’s Actions On Prescription Addiction

A Des Moines man is facing charges after he was caught on surveillance video this month breaking into an ATM. But his mother says there’s more to the story.

The video shows Taylor Macmanus-Sellers trying to break into a bank ATM. But his mother says that’s not the Taylor she knows.

Cynthia Wagner says her son hurt his back at work a few years ago, was prescribed pain medication, and quickly became addicted. She says that’s what led to his crimes.

“The first thing I thought was can you see the desperation in his face? And I’m looking at him and it doesn’t even look like him. The sunken in face,” Wagner says of the video.
“The desperation. The loneliness seen in him. It’s not something you ever want to see in your son, you know?”

Wagner says her son doesn’t belong in prison, he belongs in rehab.

If convicted, Macmanus-Sellers faces up to 25-years in prison.

9 comments

  • Jodi

    It is hardly a case of LITTLE JOHNNY. I have and seen many many families dealing with the pain pill addiction, and it is sad and they do not need to go to jail, that is not going to help them. Pain pills are everywhere and they will stop at nothing to get them. I hope your son gets the help he needs. Everyone deserves a second chance.

    • cynthia w Taylors mother

      Thank you jodi, i agree whole heartedly, and you are correct about the ” not my little jonny” comment! I’m not oblivious nor am i covering my eyes to the situation at hand with reguards to my son’s behavior or actions and what may be the outcome. I will pray for that judgemental man that nor him or his family or anyone he may care for find themselves dealing with this kind of addiction. My son has seen the loss of 6 close friends because of this kind of addiction, that loss is more than most see in a lifetime. So to you sir, I disagree with your option, and to you jodi, thank you. I pray for not only my son, but all those involved within this situation as well as those individuals that are affected directly or indirectly by this kind of addiction. Like most addictions, its life-changing and often life-threatening but with this kind of addiction, its prescribed by those whom we are suppose to trust with are well-being and lives! That needs to be addressed in my option!

      • common sense from clive

        Everyone wants to blame something else other than themselves. Who doesn’t know pain medicine are addicting. Is you son that ignorant? People abuse pain meds just like street drugs. He is no different than a heroin junkie. He could have not taken them in the first place. I have a pinched nerve in my leg that is excruciating. I have turned down every offer for pain meds and still go to work every day. He made the decision to rob someone else of their property and he belongs in prision. People don’t deserve a second chance when making the the fright choice in the first place is so easy. Addiction is not a desease. Its an excuse, and a bad one at that.

      • common sense from clive

        Everyone wants to blame something else other than themselves. Who doesn’t know pain medicines are addicting. Is your son that ignorant? People abuse pain meds just like street drugs. He is no different than a heroin junkie. He could have not taken them in the first place. I have a pinched nerve in my leg that is excruciating. I have turned down every offer for pain meds and still go to work every day. He made the decision to rob someone else of their property and he belongs in prision. People don’t deserve a second chance when making the the right choice in the first place is so easy. Addiction is not a desease. Its an excuse, and a bad one at that.

  • Phc

    Common sense from Clive you sound very ignorant….addiction is a disease and some people are more prone to it than others and have a harder time overcoming it. I am not saying he doesn’t need to serve his time but he also needs rehab to help him get back on track.

  • LMB

    sometimes jail is better than rehab, you cannot get the drugs will in jail and it is very common for rehab to try and weine you off the drug thus making you dependent on something else… look at our local methodone lab, all those addicited to something now pay $$ to get the local fix that is suppose to be helping them. Plus rehab won’t work if he doesn’t want to get help… 6 years without a stint in rehab, seems like he doesn’t want help.

  • William Denison

    Rock bottom isn’t always a bad thing. Keep your head up Cynthia. Hes still alive so theres still hope for him.

  • William Denison

    Its just not people out there stealing who are addicited to these killing drugs. I’ve seen folks of all walks of life hooked on pain meds. Everyone from a Paster to folks in law enforcment. Thats why I’m so pro cannabis. Cannabis does not kill people and helps reduce pain and give the person somewhat better quilty of life. Their not slumped over some chair passed out in the middle of the day or so drugged up they can’t even eat. We need med cannabis in this state.

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