A horrific case of child abuse and neglect was uncovered in Kansas City recently when a 10-year-old child was removed from a closet weighing only 32 pounds. The mother, Jacole Prince, was charged with assault and child endangerment and prosecutors are seeking a bond amount of at least $200,000.00.
The 10-year-old child was removed from a closet, which reeked of urine and feces, on a call in to welfare services by an anonymous tipster. This person probably realizes by now just what kind of good Samaritan they turned out to be in this gruesome case of child torture. Especially since the worst part of this story is that there were two other children in the home who did not experience any of this unspeakable abuse and neglect.
The unidentified 10-year-old victim told officials that her mother didn't feed her regularly, kept her locked in the closet and punched her frequently. Nonetheless, her two and eight year old sisters "wanted for nothing" and were fed very well. They were described as being "spoiled" and had always been well-groomed in nice clothing.
This is a terrible case, but believe it or not it's typical of abusive situations that involve more than one child in the home. It's common for a parent to single out one child as the bearer of their aggression and psychosis while the other children carry the love and care. Hopefully Jacole Prince gets what she deserves and this poor child can recover from the hell she's had to endure.
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