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Danielle, the Girl in the Window

A couple of years ago, we posted a link to a Florida story that gripped the nation. "The Girl in the Window" was the victim of severe neglect. Her name is Danielle, and although she was almost seven years old when she was removed from her home, she could not speak or interact with others, and was extremely malnourished. Danielle was a feral child. The St. Petersburg Times has updated the online story several times.

Danielle is now 12 years old, and has been adopted by Bernie and Diane Lierow, who also have five sons. She still suffers from the effects of "environmental autism" due to her earlier neglect, but is making great strides. A book about Danielle will be released later this year. See pictures and video of Danielle at her parent's website. Link -via J-Walk Blog

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I remember Neatorama posting this story back in 2008. I had just had become a father for the first time and was overwhelmed by the love I had for my new son. I couldn't comprehend how someone could treat a child so inhumanely. That article really made an impression, I can remember weeping as I read. We have no control over what really moves us, and this story back in 2008 has stuck with me ever since and I think about Danielle often. Thanks for linking this update, I'm all weepy again, but at least I know she is doing well.

Thank you,
Dan
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The "mother" (and wince when I use the term ) should be thrown into a hole and buried alive. I really can't think of a punishment horrible enough for her, to be honest. Even if she were to be flayed alive, dipped in salt and then set on fire, it wouldn't even come close.
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