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Where is the justice for this child? (Borrowed from The Stir)

Posted by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 7:49 PM
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 I read this and started crying for the little girl.. I won't lie my first thought was where are the leaders and the President when children that get abused and die? Why don't they protest and try to protect them? I am a grandma and I would cut off my right arm before I hurt any of my grandbabies. This woman don't deserve to be in prison but she will pled insanity, get life in prison and live off our dime while this childs life was cut short and no one was there to save her.. Her familiy members didnt even demand to see the child and she lived with abuse all her life and no one would help her.. My only question, why???

I must warn you if you haven't already read the story it could make you ill...

A child's grandmother should be one of the most loving, benign presences in a kid's life. But, sadly, this doesn't seem to be the case for poor 8-year-old Gizzell Ford, whose grandmother was arrested for her murder. Police also say that Gizzell was the victim of long-term abuse by her grandmother -- and suffered such horrific injuries as deep lacerations on her buttocks, possible cigarette burns on her wrists and ankles, and a head wound so deep and old that maggots were crawling in it. Reportedly, the girl was found in her bedroom after being strangled to death.

The girl's grandmother, 51-year-old Helen Ford, denies the charges and says she was about to bring Gizzell a sandwich when the girl stopped breathing. She claims her injuries were "self-inflicted" because the girl wanted her mother to come visit her. But authorities say otherwise, with the evidence pointing toward terrible and long-term abuse. She also had cuts all over her body and puncture wounds on her back, chest, and abdomen. Twine and cables found in the home had blood on them.

This sadly seems to be yet another case where every adult in this girl's life failed her miserably. Where was her mother? Apparently she did not live with her child. Gizzell's father reportedly lived in the home with his daughter and Helen Ford, but was "bed ridden" and obviously didn't do much to help Gizzell.

Neighbors expressed disbelief that the grandmother was capable of such cruelty, with one saying, "Nobody never seen the woman do nothing wrong around here."

However, relatives suspected something was wrong -- but apparently did nothing to stop it. Gizzell's uncle said, "Helen blocked everybody. She would say, 'Gizzell can't talk -- she's in the shower, or on punishment.' It was an excuse every time we called."

Really? And that didn't make you call the police? Gizzell's two brothers, ages 9 and 11, are now in foster care and the grandmother is charged with murder. But what of Gizzell? It sadly all comes too late for her.

Her uncle now says "We want answers," but what about asking questions when Gizzell was alive? I'm not blaming him, but someone needed to fight for this girl. Bang the door down and see what was happening. Demand to see her or threaten to call the police. Don't tell me bruises, cuts, and marks of this kind weren't visible.

Neighbors and relatives, pay attention to the children in your midst. It could mean the difference between life and death.

Have you ever suspected anyone of child abuse?


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by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 7:49 PM
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looneymom424
by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Yes I have and I turned them in and they did nothing...I knew this couple who had trash all over the house and barely any food in the fridge refused to get wic and cps did nothing...they still had the kids. Last I heard he left her after she burned the house down with the kids inside luckily the neighbors came and got them out she was goona let them stay in there

rojastarr
by Fang Slayer on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:25 PM

It is so sad...and worse it is not uncommon...we all have to speak for those that cannot speak for themselves.

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by Red Room Rebel on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:46 PM
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We all need to be in a room with this woman for a few minutes...

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