The girl in the window: The story of Danielle.Mikey 13 comments
I need to warn you about this story, as it is both horrifying and saddening, but it does have a happy ending.
When Danielle was found by authorities in July of 2005, she was just six years old, starving, and unable to talk. Wearing a diaper, she was locked in a house littered with animal and human feces and thousands of live german cockroaches, which bit at her constantly. He diaper was soiled many times and was leaking down her legs.
First on the scene was detective Mark Holste, who says he recognised the roach bites on her, which started from her toes and went all the way to her head, and there were thousands of bites.
Danielle has been taken on by a new caring family now, and is in speech therapy and other educational programs in an effort to get her to communicate beyond simple grunts.
So what did Danielle's 'Mother' (Michelle Crocket) have to say? "I'm doing the best I can". Pathetic.
Crocket was facing a 20 year jail sentence for such serious neglect, but reached a deal with the prosecuters which saw her give up her parental rights, so she would never have to serve any time.
Despite the severity of Danielle's neglect, Crocket still rationalises her actions as a parent.
I for one, as many of you already know, think Michelle Crocket does not deserve to live. That she could sleep at night knowing she was denying her child food, clothing, and you know - basic human rights, knowing she was literally being eaten alive every night by cockroaches, and knowing full well she had no intention doing anything to improve Danielle's life, places her at the very bottom of everything that is despicable, sickening and evil.
Giving up her parental rights is too easy, and I would much rather see her in jail. You know what prisoners do when they know the new inmate is in for child abuse? Well apparently it's a lot worse in a womens' prison.
Anyway, the brilliantly compiled report features audio and video, of both Danielle and her rescuers.
Even though she's still on the long road to recovery, Danielle is doing fine with her new family now.