Last Wednesday, Jan. 11, Nixzmary Brown, a seven-year old girl in Brooklyn, New York, was killed by her mother and stepfather. According to an article released that Friday by ABC News
, she was tortured, starved and beaten to death despite the fact that many people were aware of this abuse. A report on Univision stated that the little girl allegedly took a yogurt that belonged to her stepfather from the refrigerator and was punished for it. She had been dunked in a tub of water by them, beaten, and then dried off and dressed by her mother and was left to die. According to a report by the NY Daily News
, her mother, around 4 a.m., woke a neighbor telling her that her daughter drowned. The neighbor quickly caught on that the child wouldn't be taking a bath at 4 a.m., the bruises on her face were NOT caused by herself, as said by her mother, and she was dry and FULLY CLOTHED in her pajamas! When the authorities arrived and told them that their daughter was dead, reports say that they had no reaction, no crying, no screaming, nothing. She weighed less than 40 pounds when she died. When authorities questioned the couple, they said that she was rebellious. Rebellious or not...There is no justification for this sick behavior.
This case, thankfully, with the outrage it caused, has raised the awareness of welfare officials with similar cases. Hopefully this will teach officials to pay attention to the warning signs of this type of abuse and minimize these tragedies.
- "A Little Bit"