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I just read the sadest story ever. WARNING: not for the faint of heart.

post #1 of 18
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Click here to read the story of Danielle, the feral child.

I just found this story about a little girl that was basically confined to a closet for the first 7 years of her life. I can't believe what I've just read. It is quite possibly the most horrific thing I've ever heard of. Some of you may not want to read this story. It is a very sad story but I still feel it must be shared. If you think you can handle it, I think you should read it.
post #2 of 18
The law for the protection of children states that if you suspect a problem, you must report it. It is not your job to decide if there is a problem. Your identity will be protected.
I am surprised that one of her brothers never mentioned her to a teacher.
post #3 of 18
That story is absolutely heartbreaking! I debated on opening it or not, but I'm glad I did, and I'm SO glad Michelle and Bernie found her. I honestly can not understand the mother although if she is bordering one mentally disabled I guess she could have snapped or something. But for 7 years???

I just can't believe the mother did not get anything except probation. What is wrong with the court systems today?? At least Dani is with people who love her now and will take the best care of her that they can!
post #4 of 18
Oh that story is so sad!!

Poor little thing... Her story starts off as sad as that of Genie... But I can't help but see the good side. I'm SO HAPPY that she has a loving family now! And, she is starting to slowly improve! That is the best ending anyone could hope for, with the begining she had...

and and for Dani and her family!!
post #5 of 18
Speechless .......
post #6 of 18
oh my! the poor baby i'm sooo glad she found parents that will take proper care of her and be patient with the poor sweetheart
post #7 of 18
I am so glad that little girl was adopted into a family that loves her. I wish the best for her and hope she makes a lot of progress What a heartbreaking story though

I do think that the horrible birth mother needs to be locked away in a mental institution or a prision for what she's done to that poor girl
post #8 of 18
1st, while 77 is low for IQ [normal is 90-110] i've worked w/kids w/lower ones who were able to understand cause/effect. i think mom has something else going on, myself.
the sons probably had a similar upbringing - they're not going to realize what the right thing to do is/was - they were also neglected [altho probably not to the point that Dani was].
children who qualify as 'language delayed' are allowed to enter public school at the age of 3, so the 4 year old in diapers, not speaking, etc. should've raised more alarms in the CPS people [who should be well versed in that type of legality].
what's unbelievable to me is that, if they'd suspected sexual abuse, they would've snatched her away immediately... but neglect is also abuse. CPS definitely is at major fault, here.
post #9 of 18
Humans disgust me sometimes. I'll bet if that child were brought up by animals, she'd be better off than with that sorry excuse of a mother.
post #10 of 18
What a tragic story. I had seen a special once on feral children and there was a girl in Ukraine like that. She was raised by dogs. It was the oddest thing I ever seen. She was also neglected. I looked it up on a site about feral children:
http://www.feralchildren.com/en/showchild.php?ch=oxana

But you don't expect that in the States. I know the system is broken but this is a travesty. She should have been removed a long time ago. The fact that people had seen her before is astonishing. When the mother refused help that should have been a big fat red flag.
This woman's house was not dirty. It was filthy and that should have been another clue. The mother is to blame but so is the system that failed to protect her.
post #11 of 18
As someone who has worked with developmentally disabled children and adults my entire life, I'm especially appalled when it simply doesn't have to be that way.

An IQ of 77 isn't retarded, and it's not an excuse to treat your child that way. She is obviously mentally ill, not developmentally disabled, and she should be in court-ordered treatment as we speak.

Social Services failed epically. This makes me sick.
post #12 of 18
I think I watched a documentary on her and other children raised like that, it was incredible heart-breaking
post #13 of 18
That is just too sad for words. I don't get it - the child should have been taken away from the mother a long time ago. What is wrong with the system that this kind of thing has to get out of hand.

I will pray that Dani will grow up and be able to be on her own one day. The mother should NEVER be allowed any kind of contact with Dani for the rest of her life. IMO the woman should be sitting in jail. She has not learned anything. And I would sterilize her so she can never bring another child in this world to neglect again.
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
That is just too sad for words. I don't get it - the child should have been taken away from the mother a long time ago. What is wrong with the system that this kind of thing has to get out of hand.

I will pray that Dani will grow up and be able to be on her own one day. The mother should NEVER be allowed any kind of contact with Dani for the rest of her life. IMO the woman should be sitting in jail. She has not learned anything. And I would sterilize her so she can never bring another child in this world to neglect again.
I agree. I don't get the plea bargain with her. Her rights should have been severed ages ago. How in the world was she in the position to bargain anything on a 20 year sentence?
post #15 of 18
That reminds me of the case in Bakersfield where a little girl was locked up in the closet for over 4 years; the power companyman smelled a bad smell near the window by the power box and hear what he thought was a puppy whimpering and reported to Humane Society who investigated and found a little girl
Of course, the community was appalled but investigation with the neighbors yielded alot of "Oh, I sometimes wondered why we never saw that particular child" kind of comment (they had something like 5 0r 6 other kids who went to school and acted normal). People just don't like to get "involved"
post #16 of 18
The mother sounds half to schizophrenic! Good gracious, she said her daughter TALKED to her? That poor baby child?

I cannot believe this was reported so many times and they never talked to the baby...

post #17 of 18
Very heartbreaking!!! I dont know what else to say.........
post #18 of 18
I really don't know what to say that hasn't aready been said....

There are so many people out there that want children and can't have them for whatever reason....

Then there are people who have LOADS of children and treat them like that.......

Makes me sooo sooo sick....
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