Saturday, August 29, 2009

Black Sheep Sunday: Children at the mercy of the blackest sheep of all

Violence towards children is not a new phenomenon. Relatives, guardians, and silent by-standers can be the blackest sheep of all.
These tender children never knew what it was like to be a happy, worry-free child. Instead, they knew pain, both emotional and physical, at the hands of their caregivers. Only one of these children had an advocate, her big brother. In another's girl's case, her big brother was her harshest perputrator.
Please be aware that these are very distressing stories.















I can't locate a newspaper online that tells me the end of Aggie's story or the disposition of James Flemming. Did Della's brain trauma slowly heal after she was removed from her tormentors? Was Marvie better cared for after the court appointed him a guardian? So many fearful questions!
If anyone comes across any of these answers, please let me know what you've discovered. Meanwhile, I'll hope for the best.

PATHETIC STORY OF A WAIF WHO WAS ABANDONED BY HER BRUTAL GUARDIAN.
Oakland Tribune
7 Oct 1905
page 1, column 4
A BRUTAL FATHER.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
24 Jan 1873
page 4, column 6
SON LOCKED IN A CAGE.
The Washington Herald
13 Aug 1910
page 1, column 3
CRUELLY BEAT LITTLE GIRL. [in two sections]
Waterloo Daily Courier [Iowa]
2 Apr 1903
page 1, column 4

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