The Girl in the Closet
An 8-year-old girl spent six years locked away in a closet, naked, starved, infested with lice and surrounded by human waste. For the first time, Lauren, now 18, bravely speaks out about the unimaginable horrors she suffered at the hands of her own parents.
The Good Mom
“When she first got to the hospital, she dropped down to 22 pounds, and they thought that she wasn’t going to make it,” Sabrina says. “The doctor said that they had to do surgery in through her esophagus because she had been impacted with pieces of plastic that she had eaten from bowls that they had left whenever they went on vacation. She had eaten wood from the door frame. Lauren told me that her mom made her eat dog poop and her own poop.
Sabrina fought to get custody of Lauren once again and after the little girl was in better physical condition, they were reunited. “When Lauren first came home, she was really quiet. She didn’t trust anybody. She didn’t want to be alone. She was scared to death. Still today, Lauren sleeps on the floor. In the beginning, we would find her in the closet. She would go into the kitchen, get food, take it to the closet, eat it and then throw it all up. She was hoarding food. We would find food underneath the mattress, underneath the bed, a lot of different places.”