Target: Jean Peters Baker, Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney—Kansas City, Missouri
Goal: Prosecute mother who imprisoned her 32-pound 10-year-old in the closet.
It must have seemed like any normal single-parent household: a mother raising her two young daughters sharing an apartment in Kansas City, Missouri. Together the family celebrated birthdays, the two young girls (ages 2 and 8) looked clean and healthy and often times played around on the steps of the apartment with neighborhood children under the supervision of their mother.
But no resident could have guessed what secret was kept hidden from the rest of the neighborhood. Kept concealed in a closet, another 10-year-old daughter weighing around 32 pounds lived separately from the rest of the family and the rest of the outside world. After a tip to a child abuse hotline, police arrived at the Kansas City home where they transported the oldest daughter to the hospital and placed the other two in protective custody. The mother now faces charge of child abuse and assault.
According to police, the mother (whose name has been withheld by authorities to protect the family) was aware of the daughter’s malnourished state, but out of fear of criminal repercussions kept the girl a secret. While there is still no clear explanation for the neglect or why she was the one child singled out, the 10-year-old reported to detectives at the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City that the treatment came as punishment for her urinating on herself repeatedly.
For many in the neighborhood, this news comes as a complete shock from an otherwise ordinary family. “You could never assume anything was going on from the way they looked,” said a neighbor. As each daughter receives the appropriate medical attention, the mother awaits charges from the Jackson County Circuit Court.
Dear Ms. Peters Baker,
During a recent police inspection of a Jackson County apartment building, a 10-year-old girl was found in a family closet that reeked of urine. While proper medical attention has been paid to the girl and her two unharmed sisters, there still is no definite answer to explain why the girl was malnourished and forced to stay in a closet.
In a clear case of neglect, the young girl was left to wither away to an unhealthy 32 pounds. Now as the mother of the girl awaits charges from the Jackson County Court, I urge you to seek the full punishment for her crimes. There is no excuse for child abuse, and the degree of abuse this young girl had to endure is completely outrageous.
[Your Name Here]