As for the mother well. What really got to me about this is weird. They quickly begin to feed her and nurture her for the first time in a week. It makes me want to hold both of my children tightly and never let them go. Or when there are other adults present from time to time in the home but no one says anything? We wrote so you'll never forget it,'' Weikel said. Each of them was convicted and Donald was sentenced to only 34 years in prison and Susan was sentenced to 15 years, of which she would only serve five years and would later live in California. It has stayed with me for nearly twenty years, I think at the time it was a bit more shocking because kids were a bit more naive in the ways of the world, This is based on a true story that happened in Florida, this book is so emotional it was all I could do to get through it.
If you're up to it, I suggest this book. This case of child abuse and failure of anyone reporting it was beyond my comprehension. Time passes, as they are on the run, and, feel guilty, she turns her boyfriend in. Neighbors wondered where the child was and when they asked, they were told that she was with her father. Arba Earl Barr was listening to the program that night, he was doing 114 years for assault and robbery. I hope to God she's okay. But in the end, it really was an eye opener on how cruel people can be.
That no one intervened,that no one cared for her, made it such a tragic story. She had only a sip of water at school, taken when no one was looking. It took her death to create the beginnings the the laws we now have in Florida. No Child Should Ever Be Abused Or Shacken Just Because You Can't Take Being A Parent!! The first thing she did years later when she got out of prison was look up my ex husband whom I was long divorced from he had remarried and was not interested in even seeing her. I am sickened she had another child after she stood by and watched her child die at the hands of this animal. Ursula was forced to sit outside and not eat, drink or use the bathroom.
It would never, ever happen. It enjoys a great popularity with young people and is highly valued by many educators and professional trainers. I remember how deeply this book affected me. The book not only tells the story of Ursula's abuse, but explains why her mother and McDougall did what they did. I am a mother and can hold my children. Reading it reminded me of how precious life is, and to always observe for the subtle signs of abuse.
Even now as she talks about Ursula's whippings she flinches, remembering the abuse inflicted by her mother who once came after her with a broken milk bottle. Donald McDougal would later talk about how he had been abused by his father who used to drive him around in the car all day and not allow him to use the bathroom. I keep replaying the part where Donald beats her so badly that he feels awful and has the mother finally make her daughter something to eat, but little 5 year old Ursula has no appetite, because she is so badly hurt. Susan constantly had to work to support the family thus leaving Ursula in the care of her boyfriend. Susan would watch all this happen to her daughter and would not say a word or try to help her daughter because she was afraid to lose Don. Later, when it came close to the time that Don was scheduled to be released from jail, a radio host got a copy of the book and read it over the air. Don would call her a brat, spoiled, and even go as far as calling her a whore.
Your story still breaks my heart to this day, but I'm glad you can rest in peace. I hope that many more people read this book and that we band together to protect our children from experiencing the horrors that Ursula experienced. Beyond the story of what happened to little Ursula Sunshine Assaid, the information at the end of the book is priceless. As someone studying to be a teacher, I am shocked and horrified at the teacher in the book. Mothers protect at all costs.
A note from her mother instructed school personnel to keep Ursula from drinking anything. Ursula wants to tell everyone a story. Turning your head and looking the other way doesn't make it go away or mean it isn't happening. She wants each state legislator to have a copy as well. This book was so chilling down to my core. Your contribution will be forever acknowledged on the memorial, unless you choose to remain anonymous.
I'm surprised he actually gave you food for once. This is based on a true story that happened in Florida, this book is so emotional it was all I could do to get through it. They spent three months reading thousands of pages of trial transcripts during which the two authors sobbed hysterically. Readers are often deeply moved and motivated by this book. What really got to me about this is weird. This not only a very emotional book meant to get your attention but to teach you what to do when you suspect or know abuse is happening. They were told through Assaid's attorney that she wanted no part of the book because she didn't want anyone making money with her case.