An anonymous call to the Missouri Children's Division's child abuse hotline likely saved the life of a Kansas City girl who seems to have suffered years of abuse. Police officers discovered the 10-year-old child locked in a filthy closet; she weighed only 32 pounds. Authorities arrested the girl's mother, Jacole Prince, and charged her with assault and child abuse and endangerment.
Jackson County's community and social workers were in shock after finding out Prince was hiding her daughter in the closet. Not even Prince's boyfriend appeared to know that the 10-year-old girl was living with her mother.
Prince, 29, has two other daughters described by everyone as "clean and well fed." No one was able to explain why she had singled out her 10-year-old.
Would you speak up if you thought a child you knew was being abused?