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According to ChildHelp.org, an estimated 1,580 children died as a result of abuse and neglect in 2014.
That’s between four and five children a day. Had it not been for the detectives and social workers who saved her life, Marie would be included in these horrifying statistics.
When she was just 8 months old, Marie Surprenant was paralyzed from the waist down due to the physical abuse she endured in her biological mother’s home.
Thankfully, Marie was removed from the home and placed in the care of a local social worker named Michelle. Michelle fell in love with Marie and decided to adopt her.
She was determined to give Marie the love and care she deserved, but never received.
Though she requires around-the-clock care and supervision, Marie has grown up to become a funny and intelligent child.
In 2015, Marie decided to pen an open letter to the detectives and social workers who pulled her from her abusive household and gave her a second chance. It’s a rare and earnest glimpse into child abuse and social work from the child victim’s point of view.
The letter went viral, and you’re about to see why.