Christie lived alone with her 14-year-old brother. Each day, she said, was full of doubt.
Where will I eat dinner?
How will I take care of myself?
Will my mother ever come home?
“I think we were glad for her to be gone but we were so petrified,” Christie said.
As much as they feared supporting themselves, the kids’ even greater fear was what their mother might do if she ever did return.
About three weeks later, Christie was at home with a friend when her mother walked through the front door in a drug-fueled state. She said something “heinous and horrible” to her daughter and struck her in the face so hard that it made her bleed.
That’s when Christie decided she was no longer going to tolerate her mother’s abuse and neglect. She called her grandmother and asked for her help.
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